Every machine has its own set of safety hazards even though they have been checked thoroughly so they can be used in a household. Today, we'll be tackling quite the numerous safety hazards of water heaters.
Water heaters and electric showers uses electricity to heat up the water in a turn of a knob, to which it has controls and wirings. There are variations of electric showers and this come in different heating controls. As for electric showers, the heating system is in the water steam which uses a nichrome resistance element that is isolated from any electrical wiring—the ones used for oil heaters, radiators and clothes irons so it will not prove as a hazard. Many do not use metallic casings since metal conducts plastic better. Since electric showers require a lot of wirings compared to washers and dryers, they would need proper installation or else bad connections would cause the wires to overheat and electric current may flow to the water.
Another hazard is scalding and burns—injuries caused by high temperatures. If your water heater is not installed properly, it might heat the water more than necessary, or might spew hot water without warning. Most cases, if the water heater malfunctions, hot water goes out of the shower, even if you chose cold or warm water. If your children or grandparents use the shower at this rate, they may get serious burns since they have slower reaction time.
Bacteria colonies are also in the picture, particularly Legionella. Legionella is bacteria that causes a serious type of pneumonia or lung infection, and if not treated properly, they can be life-threatening. Hot water is not enough to kill them too, so make sure that your water heater is clean and bacteria-free.
Water heaters are no stranger to explosions. There are some cases where water heaters explode without warning and this can cause fires, significant damage to your household, injuries and even death. If there are no certain safety devices not installed, the water heater may overheat or has too much pressure.
To keep all of this from happening, make sure the wirings and electrical connections of your water heater is properly managed. Check thoroughly for any mishaps which may pose a threat in the near future. Check the pressure and temperature by scanning the valves and readers on it. Contact your technician if you feel that there might be something wrong, so early fixes can be done.