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What produces more severe burns, boiling water or steam?


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Steam causes severe burn than water:

  1. Steam is in a gaseous state of water.
  2. Water is in a liquid state.
  3. Steam has more warmth and vitality than water.
  4. Due to its dormant warmth of vaporization, it will produce more burn than boiling water.
  5. Steam contains the heat energy of boiling water as well as the latent heat of vaporization.
  6. The amount of heat energy required to change the phase from liquid to vapor is known as latent heat of vaporization.
  7. The heat energy and latent heat of vapor cause severe burns on the skin.

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