Preventing Legionnaire’s Disease

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Although the UK has one of the safest water systems in the world, there are some slight risks that we all need to guard against. One of these is legionella bacteria which can lead to legionnaire’s disease. While the risk of this bacteria in your home is very low, it is sensible to take the following precautionary action to maintain that position, particularly if you are returning home after a period of absence.

When returning to your house, please run your bath, shower and taps on hot and cold (hot first if a mixer tap) for a minimum of five minutes. This will flush through any form of bacteria and help prevent legionnaire’s disease occurring.

Story source: Defence Infrastructure Organisation, story image by Imani on Unsplash

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