Burns and scalds are a particular problem for older adults and those with ill health. Contact burns to people over 65 can be fatal.
To avoid burns and scalds try to limit the distance you need to carry hot things as much as possible. You can rearrange your kitchen to make this easier.
Always use rear hotplates on the hob and turn saucepan handles away from the front of the cooker.
When running a bath, run the cold water first so that if you slip or fall, you aren't likely to scald yourself on the hot water.
There may be specialist equipment available which will help you to reduce the risk of burning or scalding yourself - go to our Equipment to help at home section for more details.
And if you are experiencing problems with your sight you may benefit from an assessment from a specially trained visual impairment worker.