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How hot water temperature estimated

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For persons under 18 in households where the sample person knew approximately what temperature the hot water is, WATEMPGAUGECH reports how the sample person estimated the temperature of the hot water. The answer provided by the household sample adult was applied to the person record for any children under age 18 in the household; children's records should not be interpreted as meaning that the child estimated the temperature of the hot water in their home.

WATEMPGAUGECH was part of the Health Prevention and Disease Promotion supplement periodically included in the NHIS which helped measure national goals towards the Healthy People Initiative of the U.S. Surgeon General. Please use the IPUMS NHIS drop down menu and search functions for related variables.


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  • 1990: Persons under 18 in households where sample person knows hot water temperature in this home.


  • 1990