Temperature Settings for Water Heaters

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

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.

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.