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Pledge to be a Safety Hero this Child Safety Week and have an anti-scald valve fitted to your bath tap.

Families, with a child under five years old can have a free valve fitted to their bath tap thanks to Sefton’s Public Health, in partnership with other Sefton Council departments and One Vision Housing.   Child Safety Week runs from Monday 24 to Sunday 30 June and its theme is to be a ‘Safety Hero’ because it is the small things you do that can stop children suffering serious harm.

Dr Janet Atherton, Sefton Council’s Director of Public Health, said: “We are supporting Child Safety Week by extending the offer of a free Thermostatic Mixer Valve (TMV) to every family with a child under five.   “Every year in the UK approximately 2000 young children are taken to hospital after being scalded by bath water. In most homes the water from the bath tap is hot enough to scald a child in only one second.

“This is why Sefton families are being offered TMV’s. By supplying and fitting them for free we aim to reduce the risk of children being scalded by hot bath water.”   The valve works by mixing hot and cold water before it gets to the hot tap. When the hot tap is turned on, the water coming out of it is between 44°C and 48°C, still warm enough to have a comfortable bath. At this temperature it would take more than five minutes to scald your child. By reducing the temperature of the water Sefton’s Public Health is aiming to reduce the number of children getting scalded at bath time.

Scalds are more likely to happen when a child climbs or falls into a bath of hot water or a brother or sister runs the hot tap when a younger child is in the bath. So, leaving your child, even for a moment, in the bath or bathroom without an adult is long enough for a scald to happen.

If you have a child under 5 years old and would like to have a TMV fitted for free in your home, sign up today and call Sefton Council on 0845 140 0845.   Appropriate first aid must be used to treat any burns or scalds as soon as possible, this will limit the amount of damage to your skin. View more information on scalds or call the NHS 111 service for medical advice on scalds, if it’s not a 999 emergency.

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