scalding prevention

Scalding Prevention tip:

Install an anti-scald device on your hot water line or at the taps to help prevent accidental scalding. This device helps regulate the temperature of water coming out of your faucets and showerheads by mixing it with cold water to maintain a safe temperature.

Turn down your water heater to a safe temperature of 120°F (48.9°C). This will help prevent accidental scalding from hot water when it is used for bathing, washing dishes, or doing laundry. Additionally, use anti-scald devices on your faucets and showerheads to reduce the risk of sudden spikes.

When you fill your tub, test the temperature before getting in or letting a child get into the bath. You may want to keep a thermometer handy so that you can check the accuracy of the water heater setting. Additionally, always keep your child in sight while they are bathing.

Teach children

Teach your children about the dangers of scalding, and remind them to be careful when they are near hot water. Explain that hot water can burn their skin just like fire, so it’s important to always test the temperature before getting in.

It is also a good idea to keep all bathtub faucets covered with a protective guard to help prevent accidental scalding. Finally, make sure all appliances that use hot water, such as dishwashers and washing machines, are kept in good working order.

If you find yourself with a scald injury, immediately move away from the source of hot water and run cool (not cold) water over the affected area for 15 minutes or until you get medical attention. This will help reduce the severity of the burn.

Being mindful of the risks and taking proactive steps can help prevent scalding injuries. Following these tips will help ensure that you and your family remain safe from burns caused by hot water.

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