The Campaign and what it is about
Scalding accidents change lives. Forever.
The impact on the individual and their families is sudden and devastating.
The last place you would expect deadly accidents to occur is in your bathroom. But it’s a shocking fact that people do die in the bathroom from scalding accidents due to uncontrolled hot water.
Scalding is deadly serious and the very young and the very old, those with thinner skin, are the most vulnerable.
But it needn’t be so, since simple and relatively inexpensive bathroom products with built-in thermostatic devices will prevent such devastating accidents.
This campaign is aimed at stopping scalding accidents
by raising awareness of the dangers of hot water
and by promoting the use of simple thermostatic devices to eliminate the risks.
Thermostatic mixing valve
A thermostatic mixing valve, or TMV, is an inexpensive method of ensuring that the hot water delivered to the bath or washbasin does not exceed a fixed temperature of 43⁰C. It is hidden away from view and quiety and efficiently prevents scalding.
TMVs are required by law in all newly built domestic properties in England, Wales and Scotland. But this campaign is pushing to have them fitted retrospectively in exisiting properties by a competent installer to guarantee the safety of your family.
Both bath and washbasin taps with built-in thermostatic controls are available.
These prevent water in excess of 43⁰C flowing from the tap knozzle and stop possible injury from scalding.
There is loads of choice and both domestic and commercial styles are available. This campaign is pushing to have them fitted in existing bathrooms to guarantee the safety of your family.
A thermostatic shower may be manually operated, digitally operated or may be instataneous electric.
In this type of shower the hot water is blended with cold water to a temperature set by the user. The thermostatic mechanism ensures that the set temperature remains constant. The safest type of shower control, particularly good for children or elderly people.