Hot Water Safety in the Home
How to prevent scalding by hot water
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) fought a long and successful campaign to prevent horrific bath water scalds in homes across the UK.
The result was an amendment to the Building Regulations which came into effect on 6th April 2010. All new-build homes across England and Wales after that date must have devices fitted to baths to limit the temperature of the water to 48°C. That temperature is still more than hot enough for domestic use, but it removes the potential for the most serious scald injuries to happen.
The Building Regulations 2010, Part G – Sanitation, hot water safety and water efficiency
"The hot water supply temperature to a bath should be limited to a maximum of 48°C by use of an in-line blending valve or other appropriate temperature control device, with a maximum temperature stop and a suitable arrangement of pipework."Download the original document here...
During her call for a change to the Building Regulations in Parliament, she outlined the human costs of a severe scald, but also the economic justifications, citing that a one-off payment of £80 was needed to buy a Thermostatic mixing Valve (TMV), but £150million could be saved to the NHS in a single year if severe bath water scalds were eradicated.
After further consultation and campaigning from a wide variety of groups the amendment finally came into force on 6th April 2010.
Tips to prevent scalding in the home
- When running a bath, always run cold water before hot;
- Carefully test the water temperature before you get into the bath or before you place your child in the bath;
- Supervise young children around baths at all times;
- Talk to children about hot water safety from an early age - help them to learn about the risks.
- In the kitchen, always use the cooker's back ring first and position pan handles so they cannot be pulled over;
- Keep hot drinks out of the reach of children;
- Do not drink a cup of hot liquid while holding a baby.