It’s hard to believe that the holidays are upon us. Where did 2017 go? As we get ready to gather with friends and family in the coming weeks, it’s important to do all we can to stay healthy, so we don’t miss out on any of the excitement this time of the year brings.
Eating healthy, exercising regularly, getting enough sleep and of course getting your flu shot are all good places to start, but you can still pass those illness-causing germs if you don’t practice proper hand hygiene and disinfect and clean frequently touched surfaces.
Handwashing with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, when soap and water are not available, are the best ways to prevent the transfer of germs. Just remember:
Don’t splash and dash
– Use of the lackadaisical “splash and dash” handwashing technique doesn’t count as washing your hands. Be sure to wash carefully, with soap, for at least 20 seconds. This contact time is important for lifting germs from hands and rinsing them down the drain. When using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer leave your hands wet for at least 15 seconds. This amount of time is necessary to cover your entire hand and to allow the proper contact time for the alcohol to kill the germs.
Clean hands at critical times
– Since it’s impossible to constantly practice hand hygiene, either washing or sanitizing your hands at key moments is the most practical way to prevent the spread of germs that can cause illness. One such critical time is before and during food preparation, as well as before eating.
Encourage others to practice good hand hygiene
– You could do everything right and still have germs spread at your holiday gathering if others aren’t as careful as you. Keep pump bottles of alcohol-based hand sanitizer in strategic food prep and dining locations to help reduce the spread of germs.
It’s important to remember that illness-causing germs can also be spread by the surfaces we touch. Make sure to:
Sanitize and clean food-contact surfaces
– Germs can easily spread if food-contact surfaces are not sanitized and cleaned after every use. For example, be sure to sanitize cutting boards after each use to avoid cross contamination.
Disinfect frequently touched objects
– At work and in our homes, we all touch a variety of surfaces. From doorknobs, to kitchen and break room counters, to light switches, to grocery cart handles, germs that can cause illness are easily transferred from one person to the next via the surfaces we touch. This is why it’s important to clean and disinfect both hard and soft surfaces frequently as well as objects such as office equipment and children’s toys.
No one has time to be sick, especially during the holiday season. And, proper hand hygiene and surface disinfecting and cleaning can help you stay healthy and not miss a moment of the magic this season brings. Find more tips at www.PURELL.com