• Terry Minns

Prevention from hot water scalding

Updated: Jun 6

With the elderly and young children ending up in hospital every year with scalds and burns from water coming through their taps, and especially bath taps. Hot water scalds can be extremely dangerous – especially to children and the elderly generation. According to The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents says hot bath water is responsible for the highest number of fatal and severe burn injuries in young children and pensioners who in some cases die each year from hot water tap scalds. One of the main reasons scalding occurs is that hot water is stored in hot water cylinders at 60°C or above to prevent the growth of harmful Legionella bacteria. However, if water comes out of the tap above 60°C, people can suffer third degree burns as soon as the water comes in contact with the skin. We would strongly recommend the fitting of thermostatic taps or mixing valves (TMVs) into the system, particularly in Care homes, Schools, and even in domestic homes were Children and the elderly are exposed to being possibility getting scalded. TMVs allows hot and cold water to be mixed at the valve to give a lower hot water temperature at the hot tap. Thermostatic mixer taps work on the same principal. The Institute of Plumbing register is backed with professional plumbers who are fully qualified in the water regulations. If TMVs are installed to existing pipework, they should be close to where they will be used to minimise the length of pipework the water will pass through at a reduced temperature. Always use WRAS approved products.

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