scalding prevention in shower?

bbstxAugust 6, 2012

We know of a situation where an elderly man fell in the shower while he was home alone. As he went down, he hit the knob that controls the water. Unfortunately, he was scalded so badly, he was unable to recover.

Is there some knob, some controller, some gadget which will prevent something like this from happening? DH and I are re-doing our bathroom. Plus, Mom is older and lives alone. We might need to retro-fit her bathroom shower.

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Sophie Wheeler

All modern showers are required to have scald resistant technology which is either a pressure balancing valve or thermostatic valve. The thermostatic is the better choice of the two, but more expensive.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2012 at 2:47AM
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kmcg

On a thermostatic valve system, you can set the maximum water temperature. The ones I've seen have an override button for those who really want to steam, but the basic safety is the default position. I don't know how it works on a thermo-balance system, but I assume there's some max setting there also.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2012 at 1:19PM
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