7. Know that steam is surprisingly dangerous
According to BurnInjuryOnline.com, more than 100,000 Americans head to the emergency room each year due to scald burns. Boiling water, hot water on-demand faucets, and even hot beverages present potential scalding risks, and surprisingly so does steam. Steam isn’t usually thought of as a danger, but a steam burn is quite serious and is often more severe than a burn from boiling water.
Lifting the lid off a boiling pot of water, pulling plastic wrap off an item that’s just been cooked in the microwave and tearing open “steamable” packets are just a few ways steam presents a danger in the kitchen. Be as careful with steam as you are with boiling water and make your children aware of its potential hazard.