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Joint call for tap water temperature limits to reduce the number of severe scalds to children

Hot bath water is the most common cause of severe scalds to young children in Europe. HEAL member, The European Child Safety Alliance (ECSA) has released a position statement and backgrounder on the danger of tap water scalds. The statement is supported by several European and international organisations, including HEAL, as well as national ECSA partners from over 20 European countries.

Severe and life-threatening tap water scalds happen quickly. Children have skin 15 times thinner than adult skin, and therefore are more vulnerable. These injuries often end with long hospitalisations, painful surgeries, and even deformation or death.

The position statement and background paper outline the severity of the risks and provide specific recommendations for the European Commission and Member States to adopt in order to reduce scald injuries. By limiting the maximum bath water temperature at the exit to 50° C in the European Community, severe scalds and disability to children would be greatly reduced. Read more..

Last updated on 7 June 2011

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