The leading cause of deaths and injuries to children at home is accidents. Hot water burns can put a child in the hospital or even cause death. The burns happen most often in the bathroom and tend to be more severe because a larger portion of the body is burned.
Children ages 4 and younger are at the greatest risk for death from a burn. They may get badly burned because they are not able to get out of water is that is too hot. Here are some tips:
Here are some common questions and answers about hot water heater settings.
If I turn the hot water heater setting down, will the dishes in the dishwasher and the clothes in the washing machine still get clean?
Yes. Soap works well in water with a temperature of 120°F (49°C).
Will my baby get more colds if the hot water isn't very hot?
No. Hot water has nothing to do with getting colds.
Will I save money on utility bills by turning down the temperature setting?
Yes. On the average, for every 10°F (6°C) that you turn the temperature down, you will save 4% on the water-heating portion of your utility bill.
I don't know where the thermostat of my hot water heater is, and I don't know how to set the temperature. Who can help?
For electric water heaters, call your local utility company to adjust the thermostat. Some companies offer this service at no charge.
Gas water heater thermostats differ and it’s best to call your local gas company for instructions.
If you live in an apartment or condo, contact the building manager.
After changing the thermostat setting, you can check the hot water temperature by holding a candy or meat thermometer under the faucet.
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