# What produces more severe burns

Question.
What produces more severe burns, boiling water or steam?

Solution:
Steam will produce more severe burns than boiling water. It is because, 1 g of steam at 373 K (100°C) contains 2260 J of heat energy more in the form of latent heat of vaporization as compared to water at 373 K (100°C ). Thus steam produces more severe burns.