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'Hot Water Burns Like Fire' campaign launched at the Bathroom & Kitchen Business Conference 2014
Amanda Redman MBE, actress and Patron of the Children's Burns Trust, attended the launch of the Hot Water Burns Like Fire campaign at the recent annual Bathroom and Kitchen Business Conference at Heythrop Park, Oxfordshire.
The campaign, which is supported by the Bathroom Manufacturers Association and its members, has been launched to raise awareness of the dangers of hot water in the home and to promote the use of simple thermostatic devices to eliminate the risks.
"As patron of the Children's Burns Trust I was delighted to learn of the latest Hot Water Burns Like Fire campaign; it is particularly heartening to see industrial, academic, medical, regulatory and social organisations working together to raise awareness and work towards a solution," said Amanda. "I know only too well the pain, both physical and psychological, of scalding - the life- long implications of an accident that occurred in an instant."
Ken Dunn, Consultant Burns and Plastic Surgeon and Medical Trustee for the CBT, added: "Nearly 300 people a year are so badly burnt that they have to be admitted to a NHS specialist burns service with severe scalds from tap water in their bath, sink or shower... two thirds of these are children. The young and elderly are especially vulnerable as their skin is thinner, so burns quicker - and they have less ability to remove themselves from the scalding water."
CEO of the BMA Yvonne Orgill says of the campaign: "The risk of legionella is the reason why hot water has to be stored at high levels in the home. The fitting of a thermostatic mixing valve is a simple way of ensuring that water flows at a temperature which both eradicates the risk of disease and the risk of scalding.
"The launch at the Bathroom & Kitchen Business Conference was really just the start, with the help of our members and the CBT we have launched the new website www.hotwaterburns.org to further raise the awareness of the dangers of hot water in the home."
31st October 2014