These products are usually used prior to getting into the bath to reduce the risk of scalding. Temperature indicators show when the temperature of the bath or wash hand basin is above a safe level by changing colour or giving a reading of the water temperature. They are preset within a safe range which is usually 34-37 degrees centigrade for the bath and and usually 42-47 degrees centigrade for the wash basin. When the temperature of the water goes higher than this they may emit a warning such as a change of colour or sound an alarm. Some can also sound an alarm to warn of a dangerous water level which could lead to flooding.
These products can be used to check the temperature of bath water before use. They are particularly useful if the bather has reduced skin sensation and needs an objective way to determine temperatures.
Healthy adult skin requires only 30 seconds of exposure to water at 55 degrees centigrade before third-degree burning occurs. At 70 degrees centigrade, burning occurs in less than a second.
Thermostatic valves can limit the temperature of hot water coming from a hot tap or shower.View information on thermostatic controls.
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