2008-05-23 / Top Stories

Pheffer Holds Hearing On Tap Water Scalding

Assemblywomen Audrey Pheffer, RoAnn M. Destito and Ginny Fields held a hearing to address the issue of tap water scalding and to investigate what safeguards can be put into place to reduce the incidents of scalding.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that each year, 3,800 injuries and 34 deaths are caused by household hot water scalding. Hot water used in bath tubs and showers is the leading cause of hospital admissions for burns. Children under the age of five and the elderly comprise the majority of those injured by hot tap water. Young children, the elderly and disabled persons are at a greater risk to suffer hot water scalding due to their inability to respond quickly to contact with hot water.

The hearing addressed legislation (A.10292/Kavanagh) which would require a maximum water temperature of 120 degrees in multi-family and tenant-occupied buildings. "This is an important issue for the Assembly to examine and explore the effectiveness of scalding prevention safeguards in New York and other states," said Pheffer. An additional hearing is scheduled for Friday, May 30 at 250 Broadway, New York. For more information regarding the hearing, contact Assemblywoman Pheffer's office at 90-16 Rockaway Beach Boulevard or at 718-945-9550.

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