Why Should You Use LST RadiatorsThere are certain environments where a low surface temperature heating solution is vital.

This is because particular areas in commercial sectors such as schools, hospitals and care homes - cater to those who are more at risk of injury around hot surfaces.

Contour has been blogging about why it’s important to consider LST radiators as your heating solution, for safer spaces for staff and service users.

Read on to find out more…

Safe Surface Temperatures

In environments such as primary schools or residential care homes, there are limits on surface temperatures for heating solutions.

These guidelines suggest a minimum temperature and make a recommendation on how hot a radiator should get before there is an elevated risk of scalds or burns.

Installing LST radiators requires using a safer heating solution that will maintain the safety of staff and service users. This is particularly crucial in busy working environments where individuals are likely to come into contact with an LST radiator when they go about their day.

This is particularly important within healthcare and education sectors as young children, elderly people, and vulnerable communities are more at risk of injuries when they come into contact with a hot surface through falls, for example.

A traditional radiator that doesn’t operate at a low surface temperature could pose a potential safety risk for vulnerable people or children because they operate above the recommended guidelines.

Durable Heating Solutions

Our LST radiators are made with 1.5mm Zintec mild steel as a standard, to offer a durable solution. This will help the radiator to stand up to the day-to-day challenges of busy working environments - to reach their full potential lifespan.

For wet environments, particularly in the mental health sector where there may be ligature concerns, Contour recommends LST radiators that are made from magnelis.

This is a form of steel that has undergone an additional treatment stage which is similar to it being hot-dip galvanised - making it more durable against rust and corrosion.

For additional durability, Contour LST radiators are supplied as one-piece constructions This creates a robust solution because there are no screws or bolts to make up a multi-piece unit that could become loose.

However, a split door design may be required dependent upon the overall size of the cover.


 Why should you use lst radiators

In schools and hospitals, where budgets are often stretched or tight, having an efficient heating system is vital.

The NHS guidelines on hygiene in hospitals state that radiators should be cleaned at least once a week.

A traditional radiator typically takes on average, 30 minutes to clean. This includes removing the cover, cleaning the radiator, and reinstalling the radiator cover. 

Here at Contour, we install our LST radiator with Rotarad kits to provide easier access for cleaning.

These rotating valves allow the radiator to be lowered to floor level for easier access - cleaning behind the radiator and the wall behind it. 

To read more about how to effectively clean LST radiators, click here!

To improve heat efficiency on our LST radiators, Contour uses a layer of Kingspan foam on the inside of the radiator cover.

This helps to stop any potential heat loss, by reflecting it into the room, giving an overall better heat output.


Our LST radiators are made from durable solutions, making them the most suitable heating solution for spaces where potentially vulnerable people are moving around.

They offer protection from potential scalds and burns because they offer a low surface temperature solution to heating, creating safer heating environments.

Would you like to find out more about how low surface temperature radiators could help you? Fill out the form below to speak to a heating expert today!

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About Us

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 combine 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 have a quality- first philosophy. Our customer-focused team possess a ‘can-do’ attitude, they take pride in developing solutions for your heating requirements.

Contact us at:

The Mansions, 43 Broadway Shifnal

Shropshire TF11 8BB United Kingdom

+44 1952 290 498


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