ASSE Publishes Scald Awareness White Paper

Recommended Installation Practices for Residential Storage Type Water Heaters to Reduce the Danger of Scalds. Group solicits members of an anti-scald task force.

ASSE International has published its fifth scald awareness white paper, Recommended Installation Practices for Residential Storage Type Water Heaters to Reduce the Danger of Scalds, which is available for free download. Developed by the ASSE International Scald Awareness Task Group, this new paper discusses the most common causes of hot water scalds from an improperly installed storage type water heater and how scald injuries can be reduced through proper installation.

“Although this paper is not a ‘how-to’ guide or manual, it focuses on the recommendations that an installer should follow to reduce the dangers of scalds when installing or replacing a residential tank type water heater,” says ASSE International Scald Awareness Task Group Chairperson Richard J. Prospal, IPP, FASSE. “One of the most dangerous misconceptions in our industry is that the water heater alone is capable of delivering a consistent water temperature at the point of use. This new paper explores why that misconception can create a false sense of security and, most importantly, how the dangers of scalding from excessive water temperature can be reduced.”

Another focus of the white paper is handling hot water distribution systems when replacing residential storage type water heaters, and the dangers of replacing a water heater without checking or knowing how the new water heater affects the system.

ASSE International strongly encourages industry professionals, associations, educators, members of the media, and those with a desire to help protect public safety to join ASSE in disseminating this latest white paper.

Recommended Installation Practices for Residential Storage Type Water Heaters to Reduce the Danger of Scalds, along with the task group’s four previous scald awareness white papers, Scald Hazards Associated with Low-Flow Showerheads, Understanding Potential Water Heater Scald Hazards, Adjustment of Automatic Compensating Valves to Prevent Potential Scald Hazards, and Guidelines for Temperature Control Devices in Domestic Hot Water Systems, may be viewed and downloaded at www.asse-plumbing.org.

The ASSE International Scald Awareness Task Group is now accepting applications as it reforms to develop a new white paper concerning recommended installation practices for residential tankless/on-demand water heaters to reduce the danger of scalds.

This new white paper will be a companion piece to the group’s latest white paper, Recommended Installation Practices for Residential Storage Type Water Heaters to Reduce the Danger of Scalds. The task group has also published four previous publications: Guidelines for Temperature Control Devices in Domestic Hot Water SystemsAdjustment of Automatic Compensating Valves to Prevent Potential Scald HazardsUnderstanding Potential Water Heater Scald Hazards, and Scald Hazards Associated with Low-Flow Showerheads.

“During the development of the Recommended Installation Practices for Residential Tankless/On-Demand Water Heaters to Reduce the Danger of Scalds, the group discussed whether to include tankless/on-demand type water heaters in the paper,” said Richard J. Prospal, IPP, FASSE, Chairperson of the ASSE International Scald Awareness Task Group. “It was finally decided to have two distinct papers for the two distinct types of water heaters, especially with the development and completion of three new ASSE product performance standards for tankless type water heaters – ASSE 1082 (Water Heaters with Integral Temperature Control Devices for Hot Water Distribution Systems), ASSE 1084 (Water Heaters with Temperature Limiting Capacity), and ASSE 1085 (Performance Requirements for Water Heaters for Emergency Equipment).”

All task group meetings for this paper will be conducted via conference call — no face-to-face meetings are anticipated. The first conference call will be held in mid-July.

Participation in the Scald Awareness Task Group is open to all interested parties; membership in ASSE International is not required. All who are interested in volunteering must complete a working group application — even if they have participated in the development of past ASSE scald awareness white papers. Working group applications may be downloaded online at http://bit.ly/asse-wg. Applications must be completed and emailed to Prospal at rjprospal@yahoo.com no later than June 16.

 

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