Understandably we all want to get in our coffee as soon as possible. After all, many of us can't even function without that first cup in the morning. However, we play a very dangerous game when we don't exercise caution and understand the risks involved with hot coffee. The following list details some of the ways it can be harmful as well as a list of precautions to take.
The Dangers of Hot Coffee
Due to an ever-increasing amount of “pick up and go” coffee shops, more and more accidents have also been reported. More burns are associated with hot liquids than those that are associated with flames. People have reported being burned while attempting to add sugar or milk to their coffee while driving. Others will receive their burns through consumption after failing to understand that the lower temperature of a coffee cup does not mean the liquid inside is at the same temperature.
Precautions to Take
Data has shown that most coffee burns are due to negligence by the person holding the cup. So, how can we take precautions when handling and consuming these hot beverages? It can wait might be one of the best suggestions put forward by organizations. This is directly speaking to those attempting to handle their hot coffee while driving or doing other activities that may hinder their ability to concentrate on their cup. Other precautions are to simply place a well-fitted lid on any cup you may have. You may have only half a cup filled, but that is more than enough to cause severe burns on a person's skin.
The Perfect Temperature
Although we can't really regulate the temperature that a business prepares their coffee, we can regulate our own. The world health organization has stated that consumers should not drink hot coffee is that it is at or over 149 degrees Fahrenheit. Anything above that temperature can have severe consequences on a person's esophagus If you need your coffee to be hot in order for it to last your drive to work, then we highly suggest understanding the importance of allowing your drink to simmer down in temperature for an extra 30 to 45 minutes before consumption.
The consumption of hot coffee is one of those things that will not disappear from our culture. However, we can and should take a few precautions when both handling and consuming our favorite drinks. Adhere to the topics listed above, and you'll no doubt reduce the chances of being burned by your favorite cup of coffee.
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