Furnace and Heating Repair

Ways to prevent hot water scalding incidents

  • Reduce water temperature. Children's skin burns at lower temperatures and more deeply than that of older children and adults.
  • Set your water heater thermostat at 120 degrees Fahrenheit. If you are not comfortable adjusting the water heater thermostat contact ARS/Rescue Rooter.
  • Test the bath water with your wrist or elbow before placing your child in it.
  • Consider installing anti-scald devices on water faucets and showerheads that turn off the water if the temperature is too hot.
  • Passive devices, such as thermostatic mixing valves, can also prevent scald injuries from occurring.  Contact ARS/Rescue Rooter for more information regarding these devices.

Keep in mind that by lowering the temperature even a little can bring you big savings … from 3% to 5% if you adjust your temperatures from 130 degrees F down to 120 degrees F.  Also if you are going on vacation, turn off the power to your water heater and save even more energy – and money!