Each year in Australia, an average of 1800 children suffer scald burns requiring admission to hospital. Of these incidents, approximately one in five is due to exposure to hot tap water.
The elderly and people with disabilities are also at increased risk of burns from hot tap water, with Victorian data indicating that more than 60 Victorians over 65 years of age are hospitalised for hot water scalds annually.
Caroma and Dorf have addressed this risk by adding an innovative feature to specific mixer tap ranges. These selected mixers include a fully adjustable cartridge with an inbuilt safety function that limits the rotation of the handle, restricting very hot water from flowing out of the mixer. This anti-scald feature means that if the handle can only be turned so far, the water temperature can be set at a chosen maximum level and cannot increase further.
Setting the maximum temperature is quick and simple. The cartridge has a plus (+) and minus (-) sign printed on the integrated ring which can be easily moved towards the relevant symbol to adjust the temperature. This will restrict how far the handle can turn and thus set the maximum temperature. Caroma recommends trade professionals adjust the anti-scald cartridge in small increments until the ideal maximum water temperature is reached. An added benefit is that, by restricting the temperature, the amount of energy required to heat the water will be decreased, thereby reducing energy bills.