A member asked:

Do you recommend that i operate my home water heater at 60c (140f)?

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Dr. Denise Reeves answered

Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Depends: If you have small children at home, this temperature could cause accidental scalding or burns. If only adults live with you, or if you have older children, this is less likely to happen.

Answered 7/4/2013


Dr. Donald Alves answered

Specializes in Emergency Medicine

If have kids/elders: Small children and seniors cannot tolerate high temperature hot water contact, even briefly, and may lack the motor or sensory abilities to remove exposed body parts in time to prevent significant burns. 140f increases the required exposure to burn time signficantly. Can also help save gas / electricity.

Answered 3/13/2013



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