The National Coalition to Prevent Childhood Injury,
a group of 80 civic, health and professional groups based in Washington, DC, says
scald burns account for about 100 deaths a year, most of them children under 5, or adults over 65.



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All national and regional code-making bodies have amended their plumbing code language to require anti-scald technology and a maximum water temperature of 120 F in all newly constructed residential units.

In all age groups, tap water scald injuries have been cited as the second most common cause of serious burn injuries. Accidental or non accidental (as in cases of child abuse), scald injuries often cover a large area of the body, leading to high rates of illness and death. Certain segments of the population are more susceptible to scald injuries, particularly children under 5 years of age, adults over 65 years of age and persons who are physically or mentally challenged.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission says that although most scald burns occur in the kitchen, the most severe scald burns are caused by water flowing into the tub or shower.
More than 35,000 children, most of them 4 or younger, are treated each year in hospital emergency rooms for tap-water scald burns, according to the National Safe Kids Campaign.
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