In the kitchen, burns are particularly dangerous because a child has thinner skin than an adult. Because of this, a child’s skin can burn more severely at lower temperatures. Burns in the kitchen can come from spills, steam, hot surfaces, and flames — all of which can cause devastating injuries. Among children ages 4 and under, the most common type of burn is a scald burn from liquid or steam. After just three seconds of exposure to 140-degree water, a child will suffer a full-thickness burn (third-degree burn) and will need surgery and skin grafts.