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Scalding from Hot Water

  • 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: Hot Water Scald Burn Warning for Infants, Children, & Elderly:  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.  

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