In the United States more than 2,000 children are scalded by hot water each year and most scalding incidents happen in the kitchen or bathroom. Young children are more vulnerable than adults to these types of burns because their skin is thinner and their reaction time slower.
Luckily, most U.S. states require that anti-scald measures are included in building plumbing designs but this is not the case for homes.
According to the American Burn Association, scalding burns from hot water are preventable.
The severity of injury from hot water depends on two factors, the temperature and length of time the skin is exposed to hot liquids. At 120 degrees, the temperature recommended for home water heaters, skin requires 5 minutes of exposure for a burn to occur. When the temperature of hot liquid is increased to 140 degrees, it only takes five seconds for a burn to occur.
Protect your Family with an Anti-Scald Device
- Children are most commonly burned by tap water when they are left alone in the bathtub.
- Children four and under are the greatest risk for scald burns and children ages 6 months to 2 years are most vulnerable.
- If a child is burned by hot water while bathing or showering they may not automatically remove themselves from the water due to shock. If hot water spikes are common occurrences in your home you’ll want to talk to your child about this beforehand so they can know what to do.
- Nearly 35,000 children ages 14 and under are treated in emergency rooms for hot water and other contact burns each year.
- 17 days is the average hospital stay for a hot water burn.
Protect your family by calling Glover Plumbing and make sure your water temperature will not injure your family.