Caption: hot water
Text: Accidents are the leading cause of deaths and injuries to children at home. Scalding from hot water is one of the most dangerous of these accidents. Small children are busy and can get to sinks or bathtubs quickly. They can burn themselves severely before they can get out of the water. Infants are unable to move away from hot water if it is accidentally left on too hot or the cold water is unintentionally turned off. Only two seconds of direct skin exposure to water at 66 degrees centigrade (150 degrees F) can cause a bad burn. Families should set the hot water temperature at between 120 and 125F (49-52C).