According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency:
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission urges all users to lower their water heaters to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
A thermostat setting of 120 degrees Fahrenheit (49 degrees Celsius) may be necessary for residential water heaters to reduce or eliminate the risk of most tap water scald injuries. Consumers should consider lowering the thermostat to the lowest settings that will satisfy hot water needs for all clothing and dish washing machines.
Never take hot water temperature for granted. Always hand test before using, especially when bathing children and infants.
How to test your water temperature:
1. Run the hot water for five minutes.
2. Put a reliable thermometer that registers at least 150 degrees under the water stream.
3. If your water is more than 125 degrees, lower the thermostat on your water heater. If you can't find the temperature controls or have any questions, call a qualified contractor or your landlord for help.
Have you received a RED TAG?
RED TAGS are placed on natural gas meters or appliances by our field service technicians to identify and flag an unsafe condition. Our RED TAGS provide clear and concise instructions on the steps that need to be taken to resolve the hazardous condition and restore gas service. Any red tag issues need to be addressed as soon as possible.
What do I need to do next?
DO NOT connect or use the tagged appliance(s) or customer piping until you have a properly licensed and qualified contractor/person perform the necessary repairs. For appliance repairs and maintenance, you can reach out to one of our Qualified Gas Contractors – Preferred program members using the Find a Contractor tool. Once the conditions indicated on the RED TAG have been resolved, you will need to notify your city agency listed on the back of the tag for inspection.
Appliance connectors are corrugated metal tubes used to connect gas appliances to fuel gas supply pipes. Some older brass connectors have a serious flaw in how their tubing was joined to their end pieces. Learn how to spot the differences between good and bad appliance connectors below.