Very hot water can cause scalds and burns. Most injuries and fatalities related to tap water scalds involve children under the age of five and senior citizens.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommends lowering water heaters to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Lowering the water temperature prevents accidents, reduces energy usage, and saves money.
Being exposed to 150 degree water for a mere two seconds will cause most adults to suffer from third-degree burns. Even five minutes of exposure to water that is heated to 120 degrees could result in major burns.
Depending on the type of water heater installed in your home, you may be able to lower the water temperature yourself. Check the web for information about how to do this for your specific electric, gas, or oil-fired water heater. Alternatively, you could contact the company providing the service to lower the temperature for you. If you live in an apartment building, speak to your landlord about lowering the temperature of your tap water.
As a parent, don’t take the water temperature for granted. Always check the temperature with your hand when bathing infants and toddlers.
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