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Going on holiday?

The summer holiday season is nearly upon us and we would like to bring to the attention of our clients the fact that over half of the recorded cases of Legionnaires disease in this country are contracted by UK residents when holidaying abroard.

This is likely to be due to a combination of poorly designed and maintained water systems, higher temperatures and infrequent use of water outlets in holiday destinations.

We advise that when using the water services for the first time in holiday accommodation you should thoroughly flush all outlets before use, paying particular attention to showers.  Ideally the shower heads should be removed and the water should be flushed directly to the drain, so minimising the release of aerosols (taps should not be opened fully when being flushed, so reducing the flow and resultant spray created by impact with basins).

This process should flush to drain stagnating water that may contain high numbers of bacteria, reducing the risk of exposure to Legionella, a quick and easy task that could have a significant impact.

Below is a link to a recently published story detailing the stoicism of a lady who was not so fortunate after an overseas trip - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2664508/Horrific-cost-taking-shower-dirty-water-holiday-Dream-vacation-turned-nightmare-woman-lost-legs-hand-legionnaires-disease.html.

Hopefully this information will reduce risks to you and your family enjoying your well-earned breaks.

All the best for enjoying the summer!!

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