Temperature Settings for Water Heaters

Home » Plumbing » Water Heater » Temperature Settings for Water Heaters

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.


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.

Additional Resources

Notify of

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

In some of our articles we provide links to products that may be beneficial given the subject matter of the content. We receive a small commission if you choose to purchase a product or service after following one of our affiliate links but the price is the same for you.
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x