What produces more severe burns, boiling water or steam?


Steam produces more severe burns than boiling water. We know that in 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 the 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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