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Managing burn risks from radiators and pipework in care homes

Between April 2019 and March 2020, there were over 1,000 hospital admissions in England because of injuries caused through contact with hot heating appliances, radiators and pipes – nearly 400 of them involving people aged over 70.

Gavin Byram, national sales manager at Pendock, explains how simple, cost-effective measures can mitigate the risks in care homes.

Many of the UK’s care homes are heated via boilers and traditional radiators, with systems operating at temperatures of around 60 to 80°C.

Meanwhile, hot water system pipework is likely to be circulating water above 50°C to control Legionella. That poses a burn risk, with surfaces above 43°C having the potential to lead to serious injury, or even fatalities.1

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