Hot water and surfaces



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Hot water and surfaces

Residents with reduced mental capacity or temperature sensitivity, and people who cannot react appropriately, or quickly enough to prevent injury  may face risks from hot water or surfaces.

Water temperatures should be restricted to  44°C where whole body immersion can occur – bathing, showering to prevent serious injury or fatality from scalds.

Serious injury can occur where there is contact with surfaces above 43°C. This can occur when residents fall and cannot move due to their lack of mobility, or are trapped by furniture against the hot surface.

Incidents often occur in areas where there are low levels of supervision, e.g. in bedrooms, bathrooms and sometimes in communal areas.

When managing water temperatures to reduce the risk of scalding, you need to ensure that this does not compromise legionella control.

Key points to consider

  • Take regular checks of water temperatures, hot surfaces and think about the vulnerability of individuals.
  • Ensure that engineering controls are effective and adequately maintained.
  • Ensure radiators, heaters, and their associated pipework are covered or insulated to prevent direct contact.

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