Many of us look forward to a nice hot bath at the end of a busy day, but even the most alluring bath can harbour dangers. If you get into a hot bath in a hotel or at home and the water is too hot, this can cause burns and scalds; having a bath can also increase the risk of slips, trips and falls in the bathroom, especially if you don’t have a bath mat.
If you’re a big fan of a hot bath, here are some helpful hints to help prevent burn injuries and slips and trips.
- Always check the water temperature
Even if you’re used to running a bath and you think you now exactly what temperature it will be, you need to check the water temperature before you get in every time. Before you climb into the bath, place your elbow in the water; you should feel that the water is neither hot nor cold for a child or that it is slightly warm for an adult. If the water is too hot, run the cold tap and then check again until the water is the right temperature for you. It is particularly important to check the temperature of bath water when washing young children, as they have very sensitive skin, which is around 15 times thinner than adult skin.
- Run the cold tap first
Many burn injuries occur before you actually get into the bath, especially with children, so it’s a good idea to run the cold tap first and then add hot water. Always supervise children before and during bath time.
- Use thermostatic mixing valves
Thermostatic mixing valves (TMVs) control the temperature of the hot tap to enable you to enjoy a pleasant bathing experience, while also reducing the risk of burns and scalds for children.
- Use a bath mat
Falls are common in the bathroom and they can cause severe injuries; take care to dry your feet properly before trying to walk around the bathroom and remove any slip or trip hazards from the floor, such as clothing and towels.
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Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice