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Is there a maximum temperature for hot water?

 

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We are trying to get a temperature control on our hot water - the caretaker says we should have one. The only reason we haven't pushed too hard is that we don't usually have hot water!!!

 

Yes there is a safe temperature for handwashing. Water in the tank needs to get hot enough to stop Legionnaires but this would burn. Mention parents suing if their darlings burn themselves.

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There is a special valve that can be fitted to the tap system, to limit the temperature, but it can be awkward to fit, and a little costly, but it is worth checking it out because it allows the water to be kept at the correct temperature in the water tanks.

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It 44 degrees - the thermostatic valve is fillted to the pipes under the sinks in our setting and it's controlled by that. Water out of a normal household tap, or taps used by adults in settings i.e in Milk Kitchen or Staff toilet, is usually at least 60 degrees - too hot for little ones :o

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We are having problems with our boiler so I have been looking into this.

In Bucks and presumeably elsewhere the water must be heated to 60oC as mentioned to protect against Legionaires. Under the school premises regulations it should be at 43oC so we have thermostatic controls under each sink.

 

"92. Water closets and urinals must have an adequate supply of cold water and washbasins, sinks, baths and showers must have adequate supplies of both hot and cold water. To minimise the risk of scalding, the temperature of hot water supplies to baths and showers must not exceed 43oC. DfES Building Bulletin 77, Designing for Pupils with Special Educational Needs: Special Schools, backs up this statutory standard by recommending that hot water delivered at outlets such as washbasins, sinks and showers should be at a temperature of 38oC-42oC "

 

the regulations can be found here:-

 

http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/management/re...oryinformation/

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What ever the regulation temp is our children complain it is too hot and we have to have a lower temp or they won't wash their hands. Luckily I am able to persuade the service engineer to leave it at the setting which is about 26*. After all if given the choice of a hot or cold tap at home they would use the cold.

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We have one at the moment who is the opposite. He stands running the tap until it warms up but somedays this seems to take ages which is not good when you have a queue of children with very painty hands!

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