The expenses scandal has swamped a recent and welcome government announcement that will go a long way in reducing accidental deaths in the home.
This is a pity since the new Building Regulations Part G, laid before parliament on 13th May 2009, are very good news. The new regulations herald a step change in bathroom safety, helping to reduce scalding accidents which result in around 30 deaths in the UK bathroom every year, a shocking statistic by any standard.
Scalding by the uncontrolled temperature of bath water is deadly serious and in future, baths in all new homes must be fitted with a Thermostatic Mixing Valve designed specifically to limit the temperature of hot water.
This is great news comments Yvonne Orgill, Chief Executive of the Bathroom Manufacturers Association. The BMA is always looking for ways to improve safety in the bathroom and our members welcome the revisions to the building regulations. We now need to make ALL householders aware that this relatively inexpensive device, the TMV, can be retro-fitted in ALL homes and will prevent scalding, particularly in the elderly and very young.
An excellent new publication from the BMA provides an in-depth and informative guide to the Thermostatic Mixing Valve. The guide is a valuable resource and goes into great detail about the product; what it is, where it can be used and what are the relevant regulations.
The readable text and excellent images bring home the importance of the TMV. The guide, in PDF format, is downloadable from the BMAs Bathroom Academy website.