Legionnaires’ disease is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia which affects the lungs.
The risk of infection increases with age but some people are at higher risk including:
- people over 45 years of age
- smokers and heavy drinkers
- people suffering from chronic respiratory or kidney disease, diabetes, lung or heart disease
- anyone with an impaired immune system.
Ensuring your safety
Owners and managers of private rented property have a legal duty of care to ensure that their tenants and visitors can use the property safely.
The Health & Safety Executive is the government body responsible for water hygiene and Legionnaires’ disease. Further advice and information can be viewed on their website. www.hse.gov.uk/legionnaires