Water play can be a great source of fun and exercise. You’ll enjoy the water experience more by knowing and practicing safety precautions. With this article, DRF Trusted Property Solutions will help you to learn how to keep your child safe as he splashes.
Hot water burns can put a child in the hospital or even cause death. The burns happen most often in the bathroom and tend to be more severe because a larger portion of the body is burned.
Lots of scalds happen in the bathroom when:
- a child is placed in a dangerously hot bath
- hot water is added once a child is already in the water, and he puts a hand or foot under the running hot water
- water in the bath hasn’t been swirled, so there are hot and cold areas
- Children turn on the taps themselves
Children ages 4 and younger are at the greatest risk for death from a burn. They may get badly burned because they are not able to get out of water is that is too hot. Always test the water before your child gets into the tub or shower.
You can further safety proof scalding possibilities by setting the temperature of your water heater. This is done by moving the dial’s settings to be under 120°F below the red triangle.
Set the thermostat on your water heater on low or no higher than 120°F (49°C) or lower. A child can be scalded in 2 to 3 seconds in water that is only 5 degrees warmer than this.
If you cannot control the temperature of the water heater (because you live in an apartment, for example), you can install anti-scald devices on faucets and showerheads. The device will sense the water temperature and keep it from getting over 120°F (49°C).
Here are some easy ideas by DRF Trusted Property Solutions for preventing scalds in the bath:
- Ensure that the water coming out of your taps is at a maximum of 120°F. This is a low-risk temperature for hot water burns. You’ll need a licensed plumber, such as a DRF Trusted Property Solutions plumber, to install your water heater or the hot water supply piping to your bathroom.
- Install anti-scald devices on taps and shower outlets. These are available from hardware and safety product stores.
- Consider child-resistant taps or tap guards in the bath.
- Turn on the cold water first, then the hot. When turning the water off, turn the hot water off first. Teach your child to do the same.
- Don’t let young children touch faucet handles during a bath.
- Make sure all faucets are properly labeled “HOT” or “COLD.”
- Never leave a child alone in the bathroom for any reason. They could get burned by hot water or drown.
Here are some common hot water safety questions and answers about hot water heater settings:
If I turn the hot water heater setting down, will the dishes in the dishwasher and the clothes in the washing machine still get clean?
Yes. Soap works well in water with a temperature of 120°F (49°C).
Will my baby get more colds if the hot water isn’t very hot?
No. Hot water has nothing to do with getting colds.
Will I save money on utility bills by turning down the temperature setting?
Yes. On the average, for every 10°F (6°C) that you turn the temperature down, you will save 4% on the water-heating portion of your utility bill.
I don’t know where the thermostat of my hot water heater is, and I don’t know how to set the temperature. Who can help?
For electric water heaters, call your local utility company to adjust the thermostat. Some companies offer this service at no charge.
Gas water heater thermostats differ and it’s best to call your local gas company for instructions.
If you live in an apartment or condo, contact the building manager.
After changing the thermostat setting, you can check the hot water temperature by holding a candy or meat thermometer under the faucet.
DRF Trusted Property Solutions are your plumbing and hot water experts. Water play can be a great source of fun and exercise. You will further enjoy the water experience more by knowing and practicing safety precautions.
Feel free to contact DRF Trusted Property Solutions. We’d be happy to help answer any questions you may have about your plumbing needs. 630-615-7000
September 15th | Carly Bos