Keeping your home hot water safe

Our homes are a beautiful space for learning and development; however, they can also be a place where tiny explorers can find trouble in a second.

We all understand the danger of hot water, of leaving hot liquids within reach of little hands. It’s important to take steps to ensure that kids are kept burn free.

Burns and scalds are the most common type of injury children experience.  This is why it’s so important to take the time to ensure your home is safe from dangerous hot water facilities; follow these steps below to find out how:

• Ensure the water coming out of your taps is at a maximum of 50°C. This is considered a low-risk temperature for hot water burns.
• Install anti-scald devices on taps and shower outlets. These are available from hardware and safety product stores.
• Look for child-resistant taps or tap guards in the bath to make sure little fingers are unable to turn the hot water faucet on themselves.
• Always turn on the cold water first, then the hot. Mix the cold and hot water well to also ensure there aren’t any hot spots!

The best way to ensure your home is protected from dangerous hot water is to contact your plumber and have your home assessed for areas of improvement and recommendations for any safety features that may be available to you.

Scalds and burns can happen. If this does occur be sure to apply cool running water to the scalded area for at least 20 minutes and even up to three hours afterwards. Do not use ice, butter or ointments. Remove all clothing, including nappies, as clothes hold in heat, often causing a deeper burn. After cooling the skin, cover the scald with a clean plastic bag or kitchen cling wrap and of course seek medical attention immediately or phone triple zero (000) for an ambulance.