|Several devices may
provide additional protection against scald injury from hot tap water. They
may be especially important if your household includes anyone who has limited
mobility, but who normally bathes or showers without help. Some of these
devices are directly related to water temperature, while others are designed
to prevent falls which could lead to a scald injury.
mixing valves can be installed by creating a junction between the hot and
regular water lines, somewhere between the hot water heater and the
individual bath or shower control. When hot water passes through such a
valve, it is designed to mix in cool water when needed to reduce the
temperature to a specified safe level. Although such devices are most easily
installed during initial construction, they can also be installed later.
|Another type of
anti-scald device can be installed at the shower head and at any faucet which
combines hot and cold water. These devices are designed to work by halting
the flow of hot water until the temperature of the water flowing through the
valve falls below a pre-set maximum level. Such devices normally can be
screwed onto the fixture without professional help.
can be done to prevent falls in the tub or shower?