LavSafe™ makes it easy to protect your family from the dangers of scalding water.

Your family’s safety is paramount. Along with food and shelter, there’s no higher priority. Whether it’s ensuring seat belts are properly buckled, car seats are securely fastened, or fire alarm batteries are frequently replaced, the extra time, effort and expense required to minimize potentially dangerous situations becomes trivial.

 

In the bathroom, hot water can present hidden dangers, especially for children and seniors. While most associate scalding water with baths and showers, lavatory faucets can deliver similar hot water temperatures to the user, rendering temperature protection at the sink essential. While the hand comprises a small surface area, a hand burn can be devastating because of its functional importance for everyday life.

 

The protection that has been afforded to bath and shower fittings for years is now available for the lavatory. LavSafe is a thermostatically controlled safety faucet that stands guard against excessive hot water temperature by continually monitoring and automatically compensating for changes to inlet supply temperatures. LavSafe minimizes the risks associated with excessive hot water through an industry exclusive, advanced internal thermostat that provides consistent, safe water delivery temperature. For peace of mind, install LavSafe.

 

 

 

Models and Options

Standard Lavatory

Model

1070PW

P1070PW

Ordering Code

0205262

0205267

Description
2.0 gpm Aerator and Pop-Up Waste
Deck Plate with 2.0 gpm Aerator and Pop-Up Waste

 

Gooseneck Lavatory

Model
G1070
GP1070

Ordering Code
0205268
0205270

Description
2.0 gpm Aerator
Deck Plate 2.0 gpm Aerator

 

Grid drain ordered separately

 

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Key Facts from Safe Kids USA

Safe Kids USA is a nationwide organization dedicated to help prevent injuries in and around the home. The following key facts and many others can be found at www.usa.safekids.org.

 

  • Hot tap water scalding can be prevented by lowering the setting on water heater thermostats to 120˚F/49˚C or below and by installing anti-scald devices in water faucets and shower heads

  • Tap water burns most often occur in the bathroom and tend to be more severe and cover a larger portion of the body than other scald burns

  • Each year, approximately 116,600 children are treated for fire/burn injuries.

  • Among children ages 4 and under hospitalized for burn-related injuries, approximately 65 percent are treated for scald burns

  • Hot tap water accounts for nearly 1 in 4 of all scald burns among children and is associated with more deaths and hospitalizations than any other hot liquid burns.

  • Children under 4 years of age and children with disabilities are at the greatest risk of burn-related death and injury, especially scald and contact burns

 

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Effects of Water Temperature

Medical statistics reveal that scalding caused by hot water is the leading cause of severe burn injuries in the United States. Children under the age of five, the elderly, and people with mental and physical disabilities are more susceptible to scalding.

 

Thermal Shock is Another Danger

Thermal shock is the physical reaction of a person to a rapid and uncomfortable change in water temperature. The temperature change can be either toward colder or hotter water. The danger of thermal shock is that the individual’s sudden movement away from the water coming from the shower could cause a fall and serious injury.

 

Causes of Thermal Shock

  • Seasonal temperature changes in water supply

  • Improper adjustment of upstream master tempering valve

  • Failure of upstream tempering valve

  • Plumbing that is lacking temperature control devices

  • Improper plumbing maintenance or lack of maintenance

  • System pressure fluctuations, i.e. changing demand such as toilet flushing

  • Boiler/hot water heater malfunction

  • Improper valve selection (oversized) and/or hot water recirculation design

 

Bacteria Thrives in Water 68 – 122°F (20 – 50°C)

Legionnaires’ disease is a type of pneumonia caused by Legionella, a bacterium found primarily in warm water environments. The disease can be contracted by inhaling airborne water droplets containing the bacterium. Legionella thrive within a narrow water temperature range of 68 – 122°F (20 – 50°C). Therein lies both the problem and the solution: To control the disease, you need to control the temperature of the water in the storage and delivery systems.

 

Unless specifically targeted, many cases of Legionella are misdiagnosed as pneumonia because of symptom similarities. Even if detected, Legionella often goes unreported to public health authorities if incidences are low or are not associated with an outbreak investigation. Of the many hundreds of thousands of pneumonia cases that occur each year in the United States, some 10,000 to 100,000 are actually cases of Legionnaires’ disease.

 

 

Legionella Growth

 

 

 

Control of Water Temperature is Critical

OSHA, ASHRAE, the CDC and other authorities have all published recommendations to control Legionella. In every case, these authorities point to the water delivery system as being critical.


OSHA recommends that domestic hot water should be stored at a minimum of 140°F (60°C) and delivered at a minimum of 122°F (50°C) to all outlets to minimize the growth of Legionella.


In their latest guidelines for bacteria control and Legionella risk reduction, both the CDC and ASHRAE recommend hot water recirculation at a minimum of 124°F (51°C) and installing temperature control valves at the point-of-use to reduce scalding risk. This health concern magnifies the importance of using a water delivery valve that is not of a pressure-only design, but is thermostatic or a combination of each to prevent scalding.

 

The CDC has estimated that the disease infects 10,000 to 15,000 persons annually in the US. OSHA estimates that over 25,000 cases of the illness occur each year, causing more than 4,000 deaths.
— Association of Water Technologies Legionella 2003, June, 2003

 

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