New technology has been launched to prevent people getting scalded in the shower.
Insignia, British steam and hydro massage shower manufacturer, has launched a digital shower head that measures the temperature of the water and displays it through a digital readout and coloured safety lights.
This is claimed to give users exact control over the heat of the water and help prevent the risk of scalding while in the shower.
More than 300 people a year are admitted by the NHS with severe scalds from hot water in their shower, bath or sink, according to statistics from the BMAS’s Hot Water Burns Like Fire campaign. More than two-thirds of these are children.
According to Insignia managing director Leon Maclean, the ideal shower temperature shouldn’t be any warmer than the temperature of your skin, at around 34 to 37 degrees. Any hotter than this and the hot water can strip the skin’s oil barriers, meaning the moisture in the skin can easily escape, resulting in dry and itchy skin.
“The digital shower head is designed to give greater control and awareness over the temperature of the water you’re using,” he explained. “For parents, it obviously gives them greater peace of mind on how hot the water is for children and in general will lower the risk of scalding in the bathroom.
“The product isn’t just about scald prevention though, it’s simply about giving greater control on the temperature your showering at. The fact is, showers that are too hot aren’t good for your skin health anyway.”