Temperature Settings for Water Heaters

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Last Updated: May 4, 2021

Not too hot

Some pediatricians instead suggest setting the hot water temperature at 120° F (48.88° C). With this water temperature, a child would have to run water over the same place for ten minutes prior to receiving a severe burn.

Be safe

Hot tap water accounts for 17% of all childhood scald hospitalizations.

Scalding burns are the number-one cause of burn injury to babies and children under the age of four.

Choices

If there is no anti scald protection, then a buyer can put in a anti scald valve. If it is necessary to open a wall, then they can put in an anti-scald shower head, tub spout or sink faucet with-out opening a wall.

Installation of an anti-scald valve is generally easy and inexpensive.

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