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Consumer Factsheet: Hot water safety in bathrooms

Authors: Quinn, J., Bridge, C.
Illustrators/Contributors: Svegner, M.
Published: 23rd January 2018
Audience: Consumers
ISBN: 978-0-7334-3804-2
DOI: 10.4227/169/5a85180055940


Hot water in the bathroom can be a hazard if the temperature is too high or too low. Water that is too hot can cause serious burn injuries, especially in the bath and shower.

The purpose of this factsheet is to assist people to have hot water at a safe temperature and to choose the best way to control that temperature in their bathrooms. There is also extra safety advice for people having a higher risk of burn injuries due to their age or disability. 

Table of Contents

  • What temperature should hot water for the bathroom be?
  • How can the temperature of hot water be controlled?
  • Tempering Valves
  • Thermostatic Mixing Valves
  • Bathroom hot water safety - Checklist
  • Where can I find more information?

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