OW! That’s Hot: Anti-Scald Devices Protect Your Family

Provide Your Family With Peace of Mind;Install Anti-Scald Devices


anti-scald devicesGrateful for the warm tub of water, with its steam enveloping the entire room, I quickly sank into the bathtub’s depths. The warm water would be a welcoming relief for my tired and aching muscles.

It wasn’t long before you heard the sounds of my yells…

The water was far too hot – almost on the brink of scalding hot to be exact. To avoid facing 1st, 2nd or even 3rd degree burns; I quickly exited the water. Situations just like this are common – more so than you’ve ever imagined.

In fact, according to the Burn Foundation, over 500,000 scald burns are reported annually in the United States. Those most at risk include children under the age of five and adults over the age of 65.

Preventing Scald Injuries

Hot tap water accounts for seventeen percent of all reported childhood scald hospitalizations. In as little as 1 second, a child can face 3rd degree burns at a water temperature of 156° (2 seconds = 149°, 5 seconds = 140°, 15 seconds = 133°).

Anti-scald devices and techniques is your best form of prevention – even just turning the hot water heater down to 120° degrees (most water heaters are set to 140°) can make all the difference between burning someone and not.

Here are some of the things you can do to prevent burns:

  • Test the water’s temperature by moving your hand back and forth in the water before placing a child into the bath or getting in the bath yourself.
  • Never leave children unattended; not even for a second!
  • Adjust the hot water heater to 120°, rather than its default setting.
  • Install anti-scale devices on all of your faucets and showerheads.

Anti-Scald Devices

Anti-scald devices are typically the safest ways to ensure no one gets accidentally burned. These devices make it nearly impossible to get burned when you immerse yourself in a tub full of water.

Whole house mixing valves can protect your entire home, no matter how many faucets you have. Or you can also install “hot stop” equipped faucets and showerheads for the kitchen and bathroom.

These devices allow you to set a maximum temperature (typically between 100° and 140° degrees; however, we recommend 120° degrees). Once the water reaches your desired temperature, the device will automatically reduce the hot water by replacing some of it with cold water.

While small, these devices sure are powerful. They are also able to protect the bather from being scalded by hot water surges. You know, those moments when someone flushes the toilet and you have to jump away from the water’s spray?

If you’d like more information about having anti-scald devices installed in your home or upgrading your outdated water heater, please feel free to contact the professional plumbers at A-Peoria today: (623) 979-7223.

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