CHILDREN risk scalds and burns in many homes every day, according to new research.
A new study from British Gas shows that almost half of Huddersfield households have no way of regulating the temperature of hot water coming into baths and sinks.
And more than 40% of children questioned said the water in their homes was too hot for them to put their hand under.
The findings have prompted British Gas engineers to hand out free bath thermometers to customers with children, to help remove the hidden dangers of scalding at bathtime.
Allan Wood, British Gas safety expert, said the survey showed a serious potential, for scalding.
"This could spell disaster if children are left alone when a bath is running. A typical hot water system delivers hot water out of the tap at between 55°C and 60°C. At these temperatures children could suffer first degree burns in only seven seconds."
BRITISH Gas has put together some simple tips to help parents prevent an accident in the home.
In the bathroom
* When running a bath, make sure you run the cold tap first. Never run the hot water on its own
* Get a simple water thermometer to gauge the temperature of bath water - it should never be above 37°C for a young child's bath
* Install a thermostatic mixing valve, which controls the temperature of the hot water coming out of a tap, or a combi-boiler with temperature controls on it.
In the kitchen
* Use a cordless kettle to prevent children grabbing the flex and pulling the kettle over on to them
* Do not iron in the same room as young children - they can easily reach to touch a hot iron or pull it on top of them with the flex when your back is turned.
* Never leave hot pans unattended in the kitchen when young children are around. Where possible, use the back burners and turn pan handles inwards
Around the home
* Never hold or carry hot drinks in the vicinity of a young child. Place hot drinks in the centre of a table or at the back of a work surface
* Never leave candles alight in an unoccupied room and never leave them within reach of young children
* If you have a fire in your living room, make sure you use a fireguard at all times.