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Burn Safety:

Hot Water Temperature

The leading cause of deaths and injuries to children at home is accidents. Scalding from hot water is one of the most dangerous of these accidents. Small children are busy and can get to sinks or bathtubs quickly. They can burn themselves severely before they can get out of the water. Infants are unable to move away from hot water if it is accidentally left on too hot or if the cold water is unintentionally turned off.

According to data from the National Safe Kids Campaign, 4000-5,000 children are scalded each year, most often in bathtubs. The average bathtub scald burn covers 12% of the body surface with a full thickness third degree burn. Statistics from the National Safe Kids Campaign indicate that the scald burn sources were 95% residential settings, 54% in apartment house, and 46% in single family homes.

The following chart shows just how dangerous hot water can be.

               Temperature       Time to Cause
               of Water              a Bad Burn
                -------------------------------------
               150°F (66°C)       2 seconds
               140°F (60°C)       6 seconds
               125°F (52°C)       2 minutes
               120°F (49°C)      10 minutes
                -------------------------------------
You can see from this chart that if your infant or young child should come into contact with hot water, the temperature of the water would make the difference between whether he or she gets burned or not. If your hot water heater is set at 150°F (66°C) and your child comes in contact with the hot water for just 2 seconds, your child will receive a burn bad enough to require medical treatment.

Be advised, the temperature at the bottom of the water heater, where the probe is located, is lower than the temperature at the top of the water heater, where the water is drawn to the faucet.

 

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