In an effort to eliminate injuries caused by accidental scaldings in Illinois residences, legislation that would require temperature valves on water heaters and tanks received unanimous support in the Illinois House of Representatives on Wednesday.
According to State Representative Grant Wehrli (R-Naperville), who served as the bill’s Chief Co-Sponsor, the legislation was brought forward on behalf of a family from his district after an infant died from injuries sustained after an accidental scalding from bathwater. “It was a horrific tragedy that could have been prevented if the provisions of this bill had been in place,” said Wehrli. “By requiring temperature limits on water temperatures that flow through residential sinks, tubs and showers, we are taking steps to ensure no family ever has to endure what this family from my district has had to go through.”
Specifically HB 3427 would create the Water Heater Safety Valve Act, and require manufacturers or suppliers of water heaters and tanks used in residences to include a temperature valve that prevents water hotter than 120 degrees Fahrenheit from coming into contact with people. The bill also provides for fines and civil penalties for those who knowingly violate the Act.
With its unanimous approval in the House, the bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.