Hot Water Safety
Hot water scalds can occur quickly when bath or shower water temperatures are too high.
To avoid burn hazards, be sure to
- Make sure your water heater is set to a safe temperature for home use. Use the industry chart below to provide guidance to avoid scalding.
- Check the water temperature before placing a child in the bathtub.
- Never leave a child alone or with other young children in the bathtub.
Table of Hot Water Scalding Temperatures and Times:
|Water Temperature Setting||Exposure Time||Effects of Exposure to Hot Water at High Temperatures|
|Water at 100 degF or below||See safety note||Most water heaters are unlikely to scald an adult occupant|
|Water at 120 degF||5 minutes||2nd & 3rd degree burns on adult skin|
|Water at 130 degF||30 seconds||2nd & 3rd degree burns on adult skin|
|Water at 140 degF||5 seconds||2nd & 3rd degree burns on adult skin|
|Water at 150 degF||1.5 seconds||2nd & 3rd degree burns on adult skin|
|Water at 160 degF||.5 second||2nd & 3rd degree burns on adult skin|
Safety note: Great care must be taken when exposing infants or children to warm or hot water as they can be badly burned quickly and at shorter exposure times.