With the recent cold weather in South Florida, many homeowners take longer, hotter baths and showers. It’s important to be aware of the dangers of setting water heater temperatures too high.
Scalding Risks and Statistics
According to AntiScald.com, scalding is the leading cause of burn-related injuries among children. Statistics show that a significant percentage of children under four hospitalized for burns are treated for scalding, mainly from hot water at home. This highlights the serious safety hazard posed by high water temperatures.
Dangers of Excessive Water Heater Temperatures
Despite the temptation to increase water heater temperatures during colder months, it’s not advisable for safety and economic reasons. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends a water heater setting of 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Many homes, however, exceed this temperature, with some settings going past 140 degrees, which is dangerously high. At 140 degrees, skin can burn in just five seconds.
Safety and Energy Considerations
Even at 120 degrees, prolonged exposure can lead to scalding, especially for sensitive groups like children and the elderly. Additionally, heating water to higher temperatures requires more energy, impacting your electric bill. Florida Power & Light (FPL) notes that reducing your water heater temperature can lead to savings on your monthly bill.
Professional Assistance and Contact Information
For any questions or concerns about your water heater’s temperature or other plumbing issues, Kyle Plumbing can be contacted for assistance. They emphasize the importance of staying safe and offer help through their toll-free number.