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.