Scald burns can happen in the blink of an eye

We all know that fire burns. So do hot liquids. A scald burn can happen in the blink of an eye.

"In less than 2 seconds," says Amber Fowler, executive director of the Northwest Burn Foundation.

Fowler says burns from hot liquids can be very serious and very painful and toddlers are especially vulnerable to scald burns.

"It's simply because they're young and they're exposed to a lot of things that even as adults we're less effected by."

A scald burn can happen in the bathroom when the water is too hot, or in the family room when a toddler grabs a cup of hot coffee, or in the kitchen when hot liquids are on the stove.

"Make sure that when you're in the kitchen and cooking the handles on your pots are turned towards the back burner and you're actually cooking on the back burner, not the burners closest to the children."

Better yet: keep the kids out of the kitchen when you are cooking. And make sure your hot water heater is set no higher than 120 degrees.

The Northwest Burn Foundation holds its Annual Red Door Gala on Wednesday, March 6 at Teatro ZinZanni in Seattle. I'll be helping out with the live auction.

For more information

Safe Kids USA: Preventing Scald Burns

Burn Foundation: Safety Facts on Scald Burns

Video: Seattle Mama Doc 101: Preventing Scald Burns