How hot should the water in my home be?
A few simple precautions could save someone in your home from scalds:
- Set the water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Many households set theirs at 140 degrees, hot enough to cause a third-degree burn in just three seconds. It takes 15 seconds at 120 to cause the same burn. Safety experts suggest that 100 degrees Fahrenheit is the safest temperature for bath and shower water.
- Children should not play with the faucets while bathing.
- Never put a child under running water. If someone is using water elsewhere in the house, a sudden temperature spike can burn the child.
- Never leave a child in a bath unattended.
- Test the water’s temperature with your hands or elbow before getting in.
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