How hot should radiators be in your classroom and nursery?
Everyone agrees that the safety and wellbeing of the children in your care are at the heart of everything you do as educators. Providing a safe and comfortable learning environment is key to the educational outcomes of your pupils.
Read on to learn about current legislation relating to radiator surface temperature and how this affects you.
Heating Standards for Schools
The Education (School Premises) Regulations states:
- Radiators and exposed pipes which are located where pupils might touch them must not become hotter than 43°c
Where Can This Legislation Be Found?
- Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, Section 3
- Management of Health and Safety and Work Regulations 1999
- Provision of Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998
Is My Radiator Causing A Risk?
With Standard panel radiator surfaces reaching up to 70 – 80 °C, it’s vitally important that you make the safest choices for the children in your care.
According to the Leisure Accident Surveillance System, in 2010, 1,970 people were injured in a public building by either a radiator or a section of hot pipework over a twelve-month period. What an alarming figure!
Of these accidents, 1,399 occurred in a place of education. I’ll let that sink in…
What Are Your Options?
Low surface temperature radiators (or LSTs for short) are radiators that stay within a certain temperature boundary to meet recommended safety standards.
Click here to learn more about LST radiators.
Whilst ensuring the temperatures do not exceed 43°c, Contour’s LST radiators are also coated with BioCote® anti-microbial technologies. This provides additional safety regarding the growth of potentially harmful bacteria.
Click here to learn more about BioCote® anti-bacterial technologies.
If you’re not looking for a whole new heating system upgrade, Contour also offers low surface temperature radiator covers which are retrofitted over the existing panel radiators. To learn more about low surface temperature radiator covers, how they are installed and how they are made, click here.
Here at Contour, we provide schools, nurseries, hospitals and other public establishments with the safest heating options to ensure the well-being of those in your care remains at the forefront of everything you do.
The purpose of this blog is to educate you on current legislation in schools and nurseries-regarding radiator surface temperatures-to ensure preventable burning incidents don’t occur in your setting. By educating yourselves in this way, you are prioritising the safety of the pupils in your care.
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Contour produces a range of innovative, safe surface temperature systems for healthcare, education, mental health, commercial and secure sectors, working in close partnership and collaborating with architects, M&E engineers, NHS Trusts, local authorities, design consultants and contractors to deliver outstanding safe heating solutions.
Contour is the exclusive partner of BioCote® anti-microbial technology for LST and anti-ligature radiators. BioCote® additives reduce bacteria by up to 99.9%. Contour combines an extensive range of colour-paints is with BioCote® for a durable, high-quality finish.
Contour’s heating solutions offer secure, single-person quick access to radiator guard interiors for regular deep cleaning and maintenance. Each year, Contour save the NHS millions of pounds in cleaning costs, therefore delivering cleaner, safer environments. Contour is redefining the marketplace and therefore many regard us as a design and innovation leader within the industry.
Contour has a quality- first philosophy. Our customer-focused team possess a ‘can-do’ attitude, they take pride in developing solutions for your heating requirements.
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