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DESIGN SAFETY INTO YOUR BATHROOM; DELTA FAUCET RECOGNIZES SAFE KIDS WEEK SET FOR MAY 22-29

 NEW YORK, May 24 /PRNewswire/ -- This year, thousands of families will decide to remodel a bathroom. When drawing up plans that include flattering lighting, whirlpools and fashionable faucets, how many will make an integral part of the design?
 "Among the safety features to consider when designing a bath are pressure balance tub and shower valves," says Greg German, Delta Faucet Company. Required by law in some communities, pressure balance valves help to prevent scalds by keeping the water temperature consistently at a safe level when water pressure suddenly changes.
 "In the event that a child or adult is showering, and there is a drop in the cold water pressure because someone may be flushing a toilet or running a washing machine, a pressure balance valve will ensure that the shower temperature remains constant," German says.
 Each year more than 37,000 children in the United States are treated for scald burns resulting from hot liquids and hot food. Whether caused by hot bath water or a spill from a pot on the stove, these scalds can burn and scar as severely as any caused by direct heat sources.
 "It takes just three seconds for a child to sustain a third degree burn -- requiring hospitalization and skin grafts -- from water at 140 degrees Fahrenheit," says German. "A child isn't likely to jump out of a bath to avoid hot water. A young child in hot water will scream, but he may not be able to get out.
 "Delta's pressure balance valves also have the added benefit of allowing you to limit the handle rotation so that it cannot accidently be moved into the dangerous hot zone. A handle rotational limit stop is particularly important in instances where a young child is being bathed and may voluntarily or accidently move the temperature control," he says.
 Other safety features to incorporate into any bathroom design are magnetic locks on medicine cabinets and drawers so that children cannot reach poisonous materials, low voltage lighting to reduce the risk of electrical shock, and rounded edges for sinks, counters and cabinets to minimize risk of cuts or abrasions. Today, these products are more attractive and consumer-friendly than in the past, when special requirements meant products possessed a more institutional, and therefore less desirable, appearance.
 Delta Faucet Company is a proud sponsor of the National Safe Kids Campaign, an organization dedicated to the prevention of childhood injuries. National Safe Kids Week is May 22-29.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: German is available for interviews. No endorsement of any product is implied or intended by the National Safe Kids Campaign/
 /CONTACT: Michele Zelman or Jennifer Witter of Gibbs & Soell, Inc., 212-697-2600, for Delta Faucet; or Karen Mendelsohn of Delta Faucet Company, 317-848-1812/


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