How to Avoid a Burn Injury Caused By Hot Liquids This Holiday Season
The holidays are synonymous with warm cocoa and coffee in many households across the United States. While a hot drink can be soothing during the holidays, it’s important to remember these liquids can scald you, causing a serious burn injury.
These risks only increase if you’re using a coffee or cocoa maker that may be faulty, including some models of the Keurig MINI Plus Brewing System. Reports indicate the company recently recalled 6.6 million units of the product after discovering it may put users at risk of exposure to liquids with extremely high temperatures.
KSDK 5 News reports the unit is capable of overheating water that’s placed into it, which can result in scalding liquids being sprayed out onto consumers. Keurig has received an estimated 200 complaints of hot water being sprayed from the defective product and another 90 reports of users suffering burn injuries.
If you’re in possession of an affected unit, there’s a free repair option available; however, the St. Louis personal injury attorneys with Cofman Townsley Injury Lawyers point out there are several other actions you can take to protect yourself from burn injuries caused by hot liquids this holiday season. They include:
- Don’t Drink On-The-Go: Stay seated and still while drinking hot liquids.
- Test Lid Security: If you are using a cup with a lid, make sure it is securely fastened to the cup before attempting to drink.
- Let It Cool Down: Don’t try to drink coffee or hot chocolate after it’s first made. Instead, let it sit and cool for a few minutes.
- Get Help: If you are burned by a hot liquid this holiday season, get the medical and legal assistance you need.
We hope these tips help you and your family have a happy and safe holiday season!