A National campaign by the Children’s Burns Trust (CBT) to stop scalding by hot water from taps and showers AMANDA REDMAN MBE, actress and Patron of the CBT, is helping the Charity raise awareness of its Hot Water Burns Like Fire campaign, which is supported by the Bathroom Manufactures Association’s (BMA).
The campaign aims to limit water temperatures in all homes to 48°C, by promoting the use of simple and inexpensive thermostatic devices.
“As Patron of the Children’s Burns Trust I was delighted to learn of the latest Hot Water Burns Like Fire Campaign; it is particularly heartening to see industrial, academic, medical, regulatory and social organisations working together to raise awareness and work towards a solution.
“I know only too well the pain, both physical and psychological, of scalding – the life- long implications of an accident that occurred in an instant.
“I am delighted to endorse the Hot Water Burns Life Fire Campaign – and hope that after exploring the excellent website you will agree.”
Ken Dunn, Consultant Burn and Plastic Surgeon and Medical Trustee for the CBT, said:
“Nearly 300 people a year are so badly burnt that they have to be admitted to an NHS specialist burns service with severe scalds from tap water in their bath, sink or shower, two thirds of these are children. The young and elderly are especially vulnerable as their skin is thinner, so burns quicker, and they have less ability to remove themselves from the scalding water.”
It only takes one second to get a deep burn in hot water when the water temperature is at 70°C.
Since 2010 there has been a legal requirement in England and Wales and in Scotland since 2006, to limit bathing outlet temperatures in all new homes to 48°C. The risk of legionalla is the reason why hot water has to be stored at high levels. The fitting of special valves are a relatively simple way of ensuring that water flows at a temperature into sinks and baths to ensure that both the risk of disease and scalding can be eradicated.
The BMA recently launched its new industry guide to thermostatic mixing valves.
The Campaign, backed by all BMA Members nationwide, sees the launch of a new website which offers practical advice for families on such topics as: “How can I convert my existing taps to provide thermostatic control.” to “How can I ensure my family never gets scalded in the bathroom.”
To visit the website: www hotwaterburns.org
For further information regarding the CBT please visit: www.cbtrust.org.uk