By now we all know to keep the medicine out of children’s reach, watch our step on the staircase and avoid mixing household chemicals like a mad scientist. But while it may be easy to avoid the obvious dangers, you might be surprised to learn about some of the hidden hazards that could be making you sick.
Keeping cool on those hot summer days might be hazardous to your health. Legionella is a pneumonia-inducing bacteria that thrives in wet environments like industrial air conditioners, residential hot water systems and pipes. Legionella is a serious problem, responsible for 2 – 5 percent of the 600,000 pneumonia cases that send people to hospital in the U.S yearly.
Avoiding Legionella means turning up the heat! Run your taps at 140°F for about 10 minutes (be careful of scalding) every few months.