The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that more than 4,000 children in the United States are burned by overheated water from residential water heaters every year. Poorly designed and manufactured water heaters can also pose other dangers, depending on the defect, including risk of explosion, fire, and carbon monoxide poisoning.
The most common type of water heater-related injury is tap water burns. Children and the elderly are most susceptible due both to delicate skin and their relative inability to remove themselves quickly from the burn source. As such, the CPSC recommends that water heaters be set to a maximum temperature of 120 degrees Fahrenheit to minimize the risk of burns. Water heaters are required to have safety mechanisms that allow water heat to be set to safe levels. However, these mechanisms can malfunction as a result of a defect in design or manufacture. The defective water heater attorneys at Jacoby & Meyers can help you receive compensation if you or a loved one has suffered an injury from a defective water heater.