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  Anti-scald shower faucet valves reduce the danger of burns by automatically adjusting to sudden changes in the pressure and flow of the water supply lines, using a diaphragm or piston mechanism to continuously balance the hot-to-cold water ratio. You can fine-tune the temperature of the water with a rotating mechanism inside the unit if you want the water a little hotter or colder.

   While anti-scald valves are one safety precaution to avoid hot water burns in the shower, another strategy is to set your water heater thermostat to 120º or 130º F (the “low” to “medium” setting); so that the hot water coming out of any faucet in the house will not quickly scald bare skin--even at straight hot.


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