Why Do Steam Burns Hurt More - Steam Culture Flashback

Steam Culture Flashback

We are digging deep in our video vault to look back at some highlights from Boiler University's Weekly Boiler Tips archives. Fresh new content is coming soon, but in the meantime enjoy this flashback episode.

On this episode of Steam Culture, Brent answers a fan's questions on steam burns.

Why does a steam burn hurt more than a hot water burn? When steam hits your cool skin it changes phases from a gas to a liquid, and a massive amount of energy is released on to your skin. So be careful when you reach across that boiling pot of pasta!

Watch the video to learn more about the energy required to change steam from a gas to a liquid.

Key terms:
Latent Heat of Vaporization
Phase change
Gas to liquid change
Energy changes
Steam burn
Hot water burn

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