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Children washing their hands need to have warm water that is not too hot. A well-functioning hot water heater helps with that. (Photo courtesy of Flickr user Pink Poppy Photography)

Daycares are a safe place for young children while their parents are at work but when the water heater is not working properly it can be a hazard. Water burns are among the common childhood accidents. Too often children get burned from the water being too hot while washing their hands and this can be a caused by the water heater not working properly.

According the Accurate Building Inspectors, Each year, approximately 3,800 injuries and 34 deaths occur due to scalding from excessively hot tap water. The majority of these accidents involve the elderly and children under the age of five. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) urges all users to lower their water heaters to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. In addition to preventing accidents, this decrease in temperature will conserve energy and save money.

Daycares should ensure that their water heaters are not only working properly, but that they are clean and checked to make sure the thermostat is set to a temperature that won’t get too hot for young children and staff members who will be washing their hands several times throughout the day. If there is a need to replace the daycare’s current water heater there are several types to consider depending on the size of the building. For a smaller, more residential type daycare a residential tankless water heater might be helpful. If the daycare is a larger, public building, we offer a variety of light-duty and medium-duty water heaters.

For commercial daycares that offer meals, there is also a need for hot water in places where children will never go. For example, reliable booster water heaters are often needed to provide sanitizing hot water for dishes.


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