The invention of the water heater has brought mankind numerous benefits. It is quite a blessing to be able to get a hot and comfortable shower even in the middle of the coldest weather. Water heaters, however, can also be a curse, especially if measures are not taken to ensure the safety of everyone in your household. Over the years, there have been reports of people getting scalded at home. While most have been minor burns, there are incidents where people have been treated for third-degree burns. Worse, there have been deaths, too.
The thing is, it isn’t too difficult to prevent scalding in the shower. Here are some tips on how to prevent scalding at home.
Never leave very young children and the elderly by themselves
More often than not, the people mentioned in scalding reports as injured tend to be younger children and elderly people. They need someone to make sure the water temperature is just right before they take their shower. They also need someone to be there in case of shower water spikes, where the temperature suddenly rises for one reason or another. The same also applies to special children, who must be supervised at all times while in the shower.
Set the water temperature right
While water heaters come with a default setting, you can adjust it according to your won preferences. Since people have varying degrees of tolerance for heat, we recommend that you make the default setting at a temperature that everyone could tolerate. That temperature is about 50°C or slightly lower. It’s hot enough for most people, while those who want a hotter shower can always adjust the temperature to a higher setting. Just remind them to never forget returning the setting to 50°C when they’re done. That setting is the one that strikes the ideal balance between safety and comfort for your hot showers.
Install anti-scalding valves
The one thing that can certainly assure that no one will be scalded at home will be the installation of anti-scalding valves in one or more locations inside your home. Also known as tempering valves and mixing valves, these simple and inexpensive devices prevent scalding by mixing cold water in with outgoing hot water so that the temperature of the hot water that leaves a fixture does not exceed the temperature you have preset.
If you need assistance in installing anti-scalding devices, just call us at Beez Neez Plumbing and we’ll send a professional plumber over to your home and put it up for you.