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Avoid getting burned by your hot water heater

Professionals say hot water heaters are difficult to gauge without the right equipment.

Chris Barrett of Chesterfield's Atlantic Heating and Cooling says a slight twist could make water dangerously hot. "When you have temperatures of 125 degrees and in excess of 125 degrees, you're looking at the possibility of instantaneous scalds," said Barrett.

Water heaters can run on gas or electricity. Most have red lines or red indicators on the dial that show when water temperatures could get dangerous.

"The elderly, infants and children are typically looking at a scald hazard, much more than an adult is," continued Barrett.

Barrett suggests calling a professional to have your water heater checked annually.

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