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Too hot to handle? Intatec don't think so

Anti-scald regulation is the subject of heated debate aimed at making Britain's bathrooms safer.
Too hot to handle? Intatec don
Part G of the UK's building regulations, which deal with sanitary installations and hot water systems, are to be reviewed by the government to identify what more can be done to prevent injuries from scalding water.

The government's move follows Scotland's legislation, which states every new or refurbished bathroom must be equipped with a TMV2 approved anti-scald valve.

Anti-scald valves comply with TMV2 or TMV3 (Thermostatic Mixing Valve) accreditation standards applied by Build Cert. The valves ability to produce a stable and controllable temperature, means that despite still supplying water which is too hot to touch, these valves prevent clinical burns caused by uncontrolled water temperature.

The government's steps are designed to tackle a damning statistic- that every year nearly 600 people are injured by scalding water.

Anti-scald manufacturer Intatec says it has been campaigning for the last four years for new legislation.
'We are urging the government to seriously consider bringing in similar legislation to Scotland and also for plumbers, merchants and house builders to get behind anti-scald valvers', said Cynthia Fisher, commercial director for Intatec, which produces TMV accredited taps, valves and showers.

Intatec has published a free booklet called 'Everything you need to anti-scald'. It covers regulations, how to choose the right valve, installation and testing. It is available to merchants, plumbers and end users and can assist fitters wanting to explain the technology to customers.

Mary Creagh MP waded into the hot debate with the words 'The introduction of TMV's would be a major step forward and help save hundreds of children from horrific disfiguring burns every year'.

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3 July 2007


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