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Tom Brake and Amanda Redman Back 'Hot Water Burns Like Fire' Campaign

April 3, 2006 10:32 AM

Amanda Redman, Holly and Tom Brake - a Simple Tap Can Stop Serious or Fatal BurnsTom Brake MP joined TV actress Amanda Redman, and 10 year old scald victim, Holly Devonport, to support the 'Hot Water Burns Like Fire' campaign. The campaign is calling on the Government to prevent scald injuries by fitting thermostatic mixing valves (TMVs) to all new baths. Mary Creagh, MP for Wakefield, introduced a Private Members' Bill on 29th March to change building regulations so that TMVs are fitted as standard.

Every day, a child under five is admitted to hospital with severe bath scalds. One pensioner a month dies as a result of scalding injuries.

Ms Creagh's Bill entitled 'Prevention of Scalding Injuries (Bathing in the Home) calls for a change in the law so that thermostatic mixing valves (TMVs) are fitted in all new and refurbished homes. The valves set bath tap water temperature to a maximum of 48°C. This would allow everyone to have a hot bath whilst minimising the risk of scalding.

Similar legislation has already been passed in the Scottish Parliament and will come into force from May this year. Canada, Australia, and New Zealand have also passed laws making TMVs mandatory whenever a bath is installed or replaced.

The campaign is supported by Age Concern, the British Burns Association (BBA), the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT), the Children's Fire and Burn Trust (CFBT), Help the Aged, and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

Tom Brake MP said:

"As a parent, I wholeheartedly support the Hot Water Burns Like Fire campaign. A small tweak in the law will mean that everyone can still have a hot bath and over 400 children each year will avoid the pain Holly experienced."

Actor, Amanda Redman, said:

"I have experienced the pain of scalding injuries myself and support any measure to prevent these accidents. If these valves are installed I am sure they will make a big difference to many children's lives."