Following the news last month that a 79-year-old man died after falling in a scalding hot bath at his Romford home, Stuart Gizzi of bathrooms product manufacturer Inta is calling for more to be done to avoid such tragic incidents.
I have long campaigned about the importance of anti-scald products, urging installers to make the safe choice when selecting and fitting bathroom products.
But yet again we are talking about an avoidable death caused by scalding in a bathroom that could have - and should have - been equipped better and safer.
The Romford pensioner is believed to have fallen while getting showered, accidentally knocking the hot tap, which poured scalding water onto his leg. He was unable to stand up and lay helpless for hours, which led to loss of fluid so severe that he suffered kidney failure and died in hospital nine days later.
Had that tap been fitted with an anti-scald device, the tragedy could have been prevented. A basic TMV2 or TMV3 compliant valve costs no more than £40 - it is not expensive when you’re talking about the difference between life and death.
TMV2 and TMV3 certified valves offer the highest level of accreditation of anti-scald thermostatic mixing valves. Correctly installing and maintaining approved thermostatic mixing valves could help prevent hundreds of thousands of tragic scalding accidents.
I can’t reiterate enough how important the fitting of a TMV-approved fitting is. For years we have concentrated on educating the plumbing and heating industry about scalding but it’s clear that more still needs to be done.
Over the last decade Inta has shown unwavering commitment to pioneering TMV-approved products. We have even published an anti-scald booklet, of which more than three million copies have been handed out to installers and the trade.
We also have a £100,000 training and technical suite at our Staffordshire headquarters for training merchants and engineers, and we have developed a unique e-learning platform to enable plumbers and merchants to learn more about TMV2 and TMV3.
Since 2002 when we launched our company with what has become Britain’s best selling anti-scald valve, we have worked tirelessly to make products better, cheaper and easier to fit.
We won’t stop campaigning about the importance of anti-scald devices until these avoidable deaths are actually avoided.