Showering for most of us is a relaxing and pampering experience. For parents of children with a disability, showering can be a source of worry and stress around the safety of their child when coming into contact with hot water – what if they bump the tap, or someone else uses the water in the household – will it lead to their child being scalded?
Every year, nearly 1000 children aged 0-4 years are treated in Australian hospitals for burns as a result of scalds. That’s about 3 children a day! Many of these serious scalds are caused by hot water, with 80% happening in the bathroom which can lead to multiple hospital visits and leave lifelong scarring.
Australian standards require hot water to be stored at no less than 60 degrees Celsius to kill bacteria. At 60 degrees hot water will cause a full thickness burn in less than one second!
But most of these injuries are preventable.
The all-new thermostatic shower by Therm-Oz Showers is set to put parents minds at ease. This new invention mixes hot and cold water to a set and constant temperature, even when other taps, toilets or washing machines are in use. And, if the cold water supply were to fail, the shower would instantly shut off to prevent any chance of scalding.
The shower is easy to use and is turned on with a simple twist of the right handle, using a quarter turn ceramic disc valve. The temperature is controlled by rotating the left handle and limited to 38*C as a safety feature by an override stop button. Depressing this safety button allows the user to rotate to a higher temperature up to 45*C maximum, or rotate the handle in the opposite direction for a cooler shower.
Cool-Touch technology ensures a low surface temperature of the valve, safe to touch or hold while showering. The surface temperature will not exceed 20*C when operating at 38*C.
Therm-Oz Showers thermostatic shower valves are manufactured to meet Australian standards (AS4032.4:2014) and are fully WaterMark approved (licence no. WMK26224). Customers can opt for the Reno Kit, which easily converts an existing manual two-tap shower into a thermostatic shower without requiring pipework alteration or electrics. Alternatively, the New Build Pack with fixing bracket is ideal for new project, development and home builds.
To find out more information or to order this innovative safety device for your home, visit www.therm-oz.net.au