When tap water reaches 140º F, it can cause a third degree (full thickness) burn in just five seconds. …in 1 second at 156º
…in 2 seconds at 149º
…in 5 seconds at 140º
…in 15 seconds at 133º.
The Burn Foundation recommends that the water be 100 degrees or lower for seniors. Older adults may not notice that the water is too hot. Their ability to feel heat may be decreased due to certain medical conditions, medications, or neurological damage. Older adults also have thinner skin. Bath water that is too hot can cause deeper burns with even brief exposure. If the water temperature is too high, it can lead to burns from scalding water.
The solar powered thermometer on the MasterCare Entree allows you to monitor both tub fill and shower wand water temperature. The Entree bath’s mixing valve is preset to not exceed 110 degrees and easily adjusts water temperature for your bather’s safety and comfort. The high capacity valve fills the tub in just minutes.