“Hands should be washed with warm/tepid water” NHS Health Protection Scotland. January 2012

Thermostatic Mixing Valve Campaign Success, read more here.

Hot Water Burns Like Fire

A boy washing his hands under the bathroom tap.

The Hot Water Burns Like Fire campaign aims to limit water temperatures in all homes to 48°c, it only takes one second to get a deep burn in hot water when the water temperature is at 70°C.

Thermostatic Valves

Since 2010 there has been a legal requirement in England and Wales and in Scotland since 2006, to limit bathing outlet temperatures in all new homes to 48°C. The fitting of special valves, called thermostatic devices, is a relatively simple way of ensuring that water flows at a temperature into sinks and baths to ensure that both the risk of disease and scalding can be eradicated.

The risk of legionella is the reason why our hot water has to be stored at high levels – the need for industrial, academic, medical, regulatory and social organisations to work together to raise awareness and work towards a solution in order that water is delivered at a safe temperature into our sink or bath, is an on-going requirement.


Amanda Redman MBE, actor and Patron of the Children’s Burns Trust said: “As patron of the Children’s Burns Trust I was delighted to learn of the latest Hot Water Burns Like Fire Campaign. I know only too well the pain, both physical and psychological, of scalding – the life-long implications of an accident that occurred in an instant. I am delighted to endorse the Hot Water Burns Life Fire Campaign.”

Other Stakeholders and Supporters of the campaign include:

  • Bathroom Manufacturers Association
  • Age UK
  • Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance and Control
  • Chartered Institute for Plumbing & Heating Engineering
  • Chief Fire Officers Association
  • Child Accident Prevention Trust
  • London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
  • Public Health England
  • Royal Society for Prevention of Accidents
  • Water Regulations Advisory Scheme