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TO: DMR Regional Directors, STS Director, CTH Coordinators, Private Providers
FROM: Daniel A. Micari, Director, Quality Assurance, Division of Quality Management
DATE: December 27, 2004
RE: Hot Water Temperature Safety Awareness

Please share this communication widely.

SAFETY ALERT

This SAFETY ALERT is to remind all agencies, agency personnel and others, that anyone who directly assists individuals during bathing must check the water temperature immediately before assisting the individual into the bath or shower.

Please be aware that, in certain situations, temperature-regulating systems can fail and water temperature can rise to a dangerous level. Baths and showers must therefore be checked by staff before each use. Water temperature at tubs, showers, sinks and other water sources accessible to individuals, must not exceed 120 degrees.