In healthy adults with no skin complications, third-degree burns can occur after about five minutes in a shower of 120-degree Fahrenheit water. The elderly, young children and the infirm burn much more readily at the same temperature. In fact, because these individuals and children have thinner, more delicate skin, scalding can occur in half the time it would take for the skin of healthy adults to scald. Water temperature set any higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit is just courting danger in your Orlando home or apartment.
Ensure Safe Water Temperatures in the Home
Anti-scalding devices significantly diminish the chances for scalding, because they maintain safe water temperature at all times, even when water is being used by others in the home. According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI), more than 2000 children are scalded each year from bathroom or kitchen-sink faucets. The problem is significant enough to warrant immediate attention. Safeguarding family members and ensuring your home’s water temperatures are maintained at a safe, non-scalding level can be a simple as installing anti-scalding valves.
How Anti-Scalding Devices Work
A piston-type apparatus within anti-scalding devices alternately limits pressurized water from either cold- and hot-water inputs in order to maintain temperature fluctuations to within a few degrees. Most anti-scalding valves necessitate a cold-water feed equipped with a swing check valve (so hot water doesn’t infiltrate the cold-water line) and are installed in the hot-water line leading from your water heater.
Installing anti-scald devices is a relatively inexpensive, simple fix for a potentially serious problem that sends large numbers of individuals to emergency rooms across the country with burns often requiring extensive, painful treatments. Our team at Rinaldi’s Energy Solutions in Orlando is happy to answer any further questions you may have about anti-scalding devices, plumbing or HVAC. Please feel free to contact us for more information about regulating the hot-water temperature in your home and prevent traumatic scalds before they happen. Download our free Home Comfort Solutions Guide to find answers for your home-comfort issues.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Orlando, Florida and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about anti-scalding devices and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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