Accidental water scalds to the face and to the neck can occur when a boiling kettle falls. A common variety of water or steam scald to the neck is produced by car radiators when a driver inadvertently uncaps the radiator of an overheated car. A blast of steam and boiling water damage the face and the associated part of the neck. This is probably the commonest accidental variety of steam scald produced to the region of the neck in adult men. Treatment includes analgesia, topical anaesthesia, antibiotics and in selected circumstances, topical corticosteroids. Antitetanus protection is also necessary.