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Keeping you, your Hose Pipe and outdoor taps safe.

We have received a large number of enquiries on our website customer service chat the last few weeks regarding the potential risk of Legionella in Hose pipes, outdoor taps and what advice we can offer.

The humble hosepipe can sometimes harbour harmful levels of Legionella if not looked after and used properly.

Legionellsafe Services offer Expertise in all sectors, from care homes to education to local authorities, as well as domestic property and with the number of noticible enquiries from homeowners, We want to give you some handy tips and hints to keep you, and your hosepipes and outdoor taps safe.

What is Legionnaires’ disease?

Legionnaires’ disease is a rare form of pneumonia; we call it an atypical type of pneumonia because along with respiratory symptoms people infected often become very ill, very quickly. They may also get symptoms of diarrhoea and sometimes confusion too. It also does not respond to the normal type of antibiotics given for pneumonia.

How do you get it?

The usual route of infection is from inhalation of water droplets (less than 5 microns). These droplets can come from all forms of water applications including turning on a shower, tap, flushing a toilet, or using a spa pool, hot tub or other activities which cause am aerosol of water – such as a hosepipe.

Here are some simple tips to keep you safe:

  • Legionella likes to grow in water (and sometimes potting composts) in nice warm conditions i.e. over 20 °C and below 50 °C. It needs nutrients and in particular likes to grow on wet surfaces in a slime layer.
  • It’s not practical to attempt to drain a hosepipe after every use but keeping it somewhere cool and out of the sun will help to reduce the risk of the bacteria thriving in your hosepipe.
  • Because its main route of infection is by people inhaling aerosols formed from a spray, when you come to use the hosepipe again just gently run the water out of the hose – without any form of spray attachment on the end.
  • Don’t use a hosepipe that has been sitting around and full of warm water to fill a hot tub – the warm water within the tub will allow any bacteria – including Legionella – to quickly grow.
  • Run your outdoor tap(s) slowly, to avoid creating an aerosol spray, for a period of 2 minutes to ensure any stagnant water is cleared.

The danger of Legionnaires’ disease as businesses reopen – ITV News

The danger of Legionairres’ Disease as businesses reopen.

ITV News discuss with Legionellasafe Services Managing Director, Steve Morris and LCA Manager Matt Morse, Businesses facing a different health risk that could rear its head as they look at reopening during COVID-19- a potentially lethal respiratory infection called Legionnaires’ disease.

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NASUWT Dr Patrick Roach concerns for Legionella risk in schools

NASUWT Dr Patrick Roach concerns for Legionella risk in schools

NASUWT Dr Patrick Roach concerns for Legionella risk in schools

Schools must be given time to prepare for reopening to protect pupils and staff against infections such as Legionnaires’ disease that can proliferate in dormant buildings, teachers have warned.

General secretary Dr Patrick Roach, who last week spelled out five conditions that needed to be met before schools could reopen, questioned whether the Department for Education understood the practicalities surrounding flushing out school water systems.

Dr Roach said: “Schools have got to be fully ready to be reopened and if that means flushing the water systems to make sure we’re not poisoning children or adults with Legionella [the bacterium that causes Legionnaires’ disease], or whatever it happens to be, that has to take place.”

He added: “The government has issued some guidance about managing school premises in relation to any opening and they have talked about the importance of flushing systems, but does the government appreciate the practicalities of that?

“If schools are going to commission water treatment specialists, they have got to find them and schedule them, and we’ve got thousands of schools who may be desperately trying to do that at pretty much the same time. So the government has got to think about the timing of any announcement in relation to relaxing the current restrictions and ensure schools have meaningful time to get ready before any partial or full reopening.”

Legionnaires’ disease is a form of pneumonia that can be lethal. It is caused by Legionella bacteria, which can contaminate unused water supplies.

The NEU teaching union says schools’ drinking fountains and showers may give rise to sprays or aerosols containing Legionella bacteria, but it says: “Provided the bacteria remain isolated in the pipework, and prompt and adequate efforts are made to deal with the problem, there should be no cause for major concern.”

A DfE spokesperson said: “While schools are partially closed, school buildings and grounds still need to be looked after to ensure they remain functional and safe. Schools are responsible for their health and safety measures and statutory compliance with regulations – this includes water safety management.

“We are also working in close consultation with the sector as we consider how to reopen schools, nurseries and colleges when the time is right, and will ensure there is sufficient notice to plan and prepare.

Owners, operators, facilities managers and staff of such education premises have clearly defined obligations that must be fulfilled if they are to remain compliant with the law governing the control and management of legionella and Legionnaires’ disease related risks in schools, colleges, universities and similar education premises.

Expert Legionella Assistance for the Education Sector

Why is it so important to control legionella in an educational environment? The first reason is that there are vulnerable people present both the young and old with a mixture of medical backgrounds who might be exposed to legionnaires disease. Secondly, legionella can grow in water systems and plumbing but it mostly favours temperatures between 20-50°C and stagnant water. Both of which regularly occur in schools.

LegionellaSafe Services Managing Director Steve Morris says “With schools having been closed due to COVID19,this has an impact on water consumption and can lead to considerable stagnant water. This combined with poor temperatures can lead to the rapid growth of Legionella. Due to the size of schools, the stored water is often in excess of 1000L. This stored water may stagnate considerably if a regular weekly flushing regime is not implemented across holiday periods or times of infrequent use.

We already work with schools to ensure their Legionella Compliance is met and are managing the maintenance requirements with regards to water flushing and checks during these unprecedented times.”

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