What produces more severe burns, boiling water or steam?

Steam produces more severe burns than boiling water. We know that both boiling water and steam, the temperature is around 100-degree celsius but steam causes severe burns. Let us explore the reason behind it.

Steam causes more severe burns.

  • Steam has more energy than boiling water. It possesses the additional latent heat of vaporization.
  • So, when steam falls on skin and condenses to produce water it gives out 22.5 x 105 J/kg more heat than boiling water at the same temperature.
  • Steam has more energy than boiling water. Therefore, burns produced by steam are more severe than those produced by boiling water.

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