Make no mistake – hot water is essential for a good quality of life. However, to make sure using hot water does not turn into a serious safety issue, it’s important to heed a few simple safety rules.
- Set your water heater NO HIGHER than 120 degrees Fahrenheit. A child can be scalded in just 2–3 seconds at a water temperature of 125 degrees Fahrenheit. The lower temperature setting is also an economic advantage, saving you money on your monthly energy bill.
- Always check the water temperature with your hand before placing a child in the bathtub.
- Install an anti-scald device on faucets and showerheads to ensure water temperature does not exceed 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
- It seems obvious, but make sure all your faucets are correctly labeled HOT and COLD.
- Always turn cold water on before hot and turn hot water off before cold.