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How long does it take to get a burn from exposure to hot water?

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It depends on the temperature of the water. The hotter the water the shorter exposure time needed to get a second or third degree burn.

At 113 degrees F -- it takes two hours to develop a second degree burn and three hours to develop a third degree burn. At 120 degrees F -- it takes 8 minutes to develop a second degree burn and 10 minutes to develop a third degree burn. At 131 degrees F -- it only takes 17 seconds to develop a second degree burn and 30 seconds to develop a third degree burn. At 140 degrees F -- it only takes 3 seconds to develop a second degree burn and 5 seconds to develop a third degree burn.

SOURCE: www.antiscald.com/table.htm

PREPARED BY: Angela M. Fraser, Ph.D., Associate Professor/Food Safety Education Specialist, NC State University

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