Scalding Takes Seconds
Most home water heaters are set at 140°F to provide sufficient hot water and prevent the growth of Legionella and other harmful bacteria. At this temperature it only takes five seconds to cause a third degree burn. Children and the elderly have a thinner outer skin, so it takes half as long as adults to cause serious injury.
Fortunately, tap water scalding accidents are 100% preventable! When you have a thermostatic mixing valve installed in your home, you can maintain water temperatures sufficiently high to prevent Legionella, and also limit tap and bath water temperatures to prevent scalding.
Source: Moritz, A.R., Herriques, F.C. Jr. Studies of thermal injuries: II The relative importance of time and surface temperature
in the causation of cutaneous burns. Am J Pathol 1947; 23:695-720.
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