Scalding Hot Water: Recognizing that water at a temperature of 150 degrees can cause third degree burns in two seconds, water at 140 degrees can cause third degree burns in less than five seconds, and that 25 percent of all burns in children are caused by scalding incidents primarily in the home, the Texas Medical Association recommends that residential water heaters be maintained at a thermostat setting of no more than 120 degrees Fahrenheit. TMA will continue to incorporate into its existing public and professional education programs information about burns and burn prevention (Res. 27F, p 168, I-90; reaffirmed CM-CAH Rep. 2-A-01; amended CSPH Rep. 3-A-11).
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October 07, 2016