Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

New Warning Sign to Stop Scalding

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

New Warning Sign to Stop Scalding

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Byline: By Jane Picken

A safety-minded inventor has seen his scald-preventing product go global, so protecting countless tots at bath time.

Jim Hicken, of Durham City, has created a plastic triangle which floats in a bath and changes colour if the water becomes dangerously hot.

Costing just under pounds 5 in the UK, it is also now on sale in New Zealand, Australia and Europe, and now high-street chain Boots has snapped up the safety device.

Aimed at parents of babies and young children, as well as the elderly or infirm, the award-winning triangle changes colour at 37C ( a temperature which can harm a baby's delicate skin.

Jim, a grandfather-of-two, who lives with wife Winifred, said: "It works on the principle that the warmer the water, the quicker it changes colour."

Jim came up with the idea after seeing people wearing heat-sensitive noses during Comic Relief.

Jim used polymer plastic, mixed it with a permanent red pigment and an active mauve colour. …

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