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Scalds from bath water that is too hot
12 Nov 2012

Bath scalds are tragic injuries which are preventable. Often hot water heater thermostats are set above 60° - and water this hot can cause a full thickness burn in a few seconds.

It is recommended that water temperature should not be hotter than 45-50º.  There have been campaigns to try to get people to have their hot water thermostat set at a lower temperature, but these have not been as successful as hoped. Laws requiring these lower temperatures usually apply only to new homes but not existing ones.

Resetting the thermostat temperature is an important way that parents can protect their children from these awful injuries.

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