Hot Water Burns

Scalding water from a sink, shower, or bathtub can result in severe burns. Anyone who has ever had a burn knows that they are extremely painful and take a long time to heal. Even when they are fully healed, they can leave lasting scars on the skin, a constant reminder of what may have been a simple mistake.

The water that comes out of the faucets in your home can reach surprisingly hot temperatures. Sometimes you may have little warning that the water is too hot to touch before you run your hand underneath, and before you can retract your hand you have already been burned. If you have been burned by your hot water, another party may be liable for your injury. Contact the Indianapolis hot water burn lawyers of the Hankey Law Office at (800) 520-3633 for help with your case.

Causes of Hot Water Injuries

If the water running out of your tap is too hot, it is likely because your hot water heater setting is turned too high or the temperature control is malfunctioning. Every year, more than 3,500 people are injured by hot water and about 30 die each year from their burns. Many of these are young children who are set in bathtub water that is too hot, and it only takes about three seconds for children to be seriously burned by hot water.

Preventing Hot Water Injuries

To help prevent you and your family from being injured by hot water, consider the following tips:

  • If you feel that the water is too hot, turn down your hot water heater’s temperature setting. The Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends a setting no higher than 120 degrees F, but 110 degrees F is a safer limit and will help to ensure that young children and the elderly are not burned.
  • Check your hot water heater to make sure that the temperature control is working.
  • Before placing a young child in a bathtub, check the temperature of the water yourself. If it feels too warm for you, it is too warm for the child. Let the water cool for a while or drain the water and try filling the bathtub with cooler water.
  • If your water is steaming, it is likely too hot. Do not touch it and avoid touching the pipes and faucet as well, since these are likely to be very hot too.

Contact Us

If you or someone you know has been burned by hot water in the home, you may be eligible to receive compensation. To learn more, contact an experienced Indianapolis personal injury attorney from the Hankey Law Office today at (800) 520-3633.