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EHOs: SCALDING A RISK IN CARE HOMES

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A recent survey by environmental health officers in Northamptonshire has found that high water temperatures in taps...
A recent survey by environmental health officers in Northamptonshire has found that high water temperatures in taps and heating radiators in some care homes give a risk of residents being scalded or burnt.

National recommendations are that water should not exceed a temperature of 43 degrees centigrade, the survey revealed water temperatures of up to 75 degrees at taps of some premises. Over 74% of the homes sampled had water at above the recommended temperature.

There have been a number of well publicised incidents where residents of care homes have received serious burns and there have also been some deaths, the latter usually resulting from immersion in hot baths. Whilst proper procedures can help to avoid such incidents, the only certain method of prevention is by controlling water temperatures to a safe level.

Environmental health officers when inspecting such premises will check on temperature and advise home managers if there is a possible danger however it is the management's responsibility to assess the dangers to residents. They are urged to check the water temperature in their premises and to keep it to below 43 degrees.
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