Technology to prevent scalding showers

Insignia launches digital shower head powered by dynamo technology

Insignia has launched a technology to help prevent scalding in showers.

The NHS sees more than 300 people a year admitted to their specialist burns service for severe scalds from hot water in their shower, bath or sink.

And it is estimated that a further 1,600 people are seen by UK emergency departments for less-serious burns.

To tackle the problem, Insignia has launched a digital shower head powered by dynamo technology.

The shower measures the temperature of the water and displays it through a digital read-out and coloured safety lights, giving exact control of the heat of the water.

The state-of-the-art dynamo technology means the digital read outs and lights are all simply powered by water pressure.

Leon Maclean, managing at Insignia, said: "The digital shower head is designed to give greater control and awareness over the temperature of the water you're using, generally lowering the risk of scalding in the bathroom."

He added: "The product isn't just about scald prevention, though; it's simply about giving greater control on the temperature your showering at.

“The fact is, showers which are too hot aren't good for your skin health anyway."

He said the ideal shower temperature shouldn't be any warmer than your skin, so around 34-37 degrees. Any hotter and the heat can strip the skin's oil barrier meaning the moisture in your skin easily escapes, leading to dry and itchy skin. The hotter the shower and the longer you spend in the shower, the more moisture you're likely to lose.