Tap Water Scalds
Children’s skin is thinner than adults so they’re more at risk of scalds from hot water.
Did you know that a hot drink takes 20 minutes to cool down to a temperature that will not scald a young child? Be sure to keep hot drinks out of reach of young children – why not designate a room in your house as a ‘Hot drink free zone’ where young children can safely play?
You can keep your home Child Friendly by:
- When running a bath, put cold water in first and top up with hot
- Mix the water well to make sure there aren't any hot spots which could scald your child.
- When bathing a baby, bath water should never be hotter than 38 C.
- The temperature can change quickly, so only put your little one in the bath once you have finished running it and checked the temperature.
- Thermostatic mixing valves (TMVs) on bath taps mix hot and cold water to a safe temperature before it comes out of the tap. You should encourage landlords and housing providers to have them fitted.
The following video demonstrates how easy it can be for a child to be scalded if you take your eye off them:
Take our quiz to find out if your home is a Child Friendly Zone, along with ideas to help you make your home safer for your child.
For more information about steps you can take to make your home a Child Friendly Zone, why not complete the Home Safety Checklist with your family?
Or you can print our "Child Friendly Zone" signs and put them up in your house, to remind you of our top tips for keeping your home Child Friendly!
For more information about how you can reduce risks in your home and what to do if your child has an accident, visit
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