Don't get burned: Hot water safety is a must for avoiding serious injury

January 23, 2023

It would be almost impossible to live without hot water, but safety precautions are a must to avoid potentially serious burns. For example, it’s very easy to get scalded in the bath or shower if your water is too hot. Avoid danger and pain with just a few simple steps.

  • Have a plumber install anti-scald devices on faucets and showerheads to keep the water temperature from going above 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Check the temperature setting on your water heater and make sure it is no higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit. A temperature of 125 degrees can scald a child within three seconds.
  • Always check bath water with your hand before putting a child in the tub.
  • Turn cold water on before turning on the hot water and turn hot water off before turning off cold water.
  • Make certain faucets are correctly labeled HOT and COLD.

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