Hot Water Heater Safety and Your Family
It sits in your basement, heats your water, and goes largely unnoticed. But your water heater is a precise piece of equipment and requires your family to observe some hot water heater safety procedures.
Take a minute and brush up on your hot water heater safety.
Why so hot?!
Scalding water can do serious damage, but you need very hot water for your dishwasher and washing machine.
Most water heaters are set around 60C by default for a reason. Not just because near-boiling water does the best job of getting stains out of clothes, but high temperature keeps bacteria at bay in the tank.
The problem is, water this hot can cause 3rd degree burns. So:
- Never leave a child alone while filling the bath tub.
- Test the water temperature carefully before showering or bathing.
- Always start with cold water, adding hot water as you need. Not the other way around.
- Teach kids to turn the cold water on first, and turn the hot water off first.
How about the tank itself?
Keeping the tank in good shape will cut the risk of any tank related incidents significantly. Full maintenance in included when you purchase a new water heater from CLARITY by ClimateCare. Every 3-4 years we will:
- Drain and clean the water heater.
- Flush sediment from the tank.
- Inspect the anode rod.
- Inspect the pressure valve.
- Check the thermostat.
- A 28 point water heater maintenance checklist is performed.
Things you can do yourself:
- Keep the area around your tank clear of combustibles.
- Install a carbon monoxide detector near the tank and change the batteries frequently.
Most of this is common sense, but a reminder every once in a while can go a long way toward breaking any bad habits we’ve fallen into.
Give us a call today to talk about your new, high efficiency water heater and discuss any hot water heater safety concerns you have.