Bathrooms biggest risk for hot water scalds and burns

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

The bathroom is one of the most hazardous rooms in the house for babies, young children and the elderly. This is where scalds and hot water burns can occur, as well as falls and drowning.

Victoria's plumbing regulations, which are overseen and enforced by the Victorian Building Authority (VBA), limit heated water temperatures in bathrooms to no more than 50 degrees at the basin, bath and shower in new houses and, where appropriate, in renovations.

The VBA reminds householders the only exceptions to this are in premises intended for children and the elderly, such as early childhood centres, schools and nursing homes, where the heated water temperature limit is 45 degrees.

Read the VBA's media release to find out more about the hot water requirements for your home or business.

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