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asked in category: General Last Updated: 15th May, 2020

Can hot water kill you?

Hot water kills germs, though it has to be very hot
However, that's only for high-risk clothing, like when you're sick. The hot water doesn't get warm enough, and cold water is just as effective because washing your hands with soap and water is more about removing dirt and germs — rather than killing them.

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Similarly one may ask, can boiling water kill you?

If you don't have safe bottled water, you should boil your water to make it safe to drink. Boiling is the surest method to kill disease-causing organisms, including viruses, bacteria, and parasites.

Subsequently, question is, how dangerous is hot water? When boiling water comes into contact with your skin, it can cause second-degree burns (like in the case of Clark), and drinking it through a straw is no better—that method can cause internal injuries and, in some cases, death.

One may also ask, how long can you survive in hot water?

Water Temperature Expected Time of Survival
32.5° 0.3° 45 minutes
32.5–40° 0.3–4.4° 30 – 90 minutes
40–50° 3.3–10° 1 – 3 hours
50–60° 10–15.6° 1 – 6 hours

What happens if you throw boiling water on a person?

It only damages part of the first layer of skin, called the epidermis. A superficial burn happens when boiled water lightly splashes on a person, such as while they are cooking, or when boiling water touches the skin very briefly. Symptoms of a first-degree burn include: immediate pain that may last for several hours.

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