Summer is almost here. It’s hard to believe, but this upcoming weekend marks the unofficial start of summer. And soon our calendars will be filled with vacations, outdoor adventures, picnics and much, much more. With so much fun ahead, one thing is for certain, no one wants to miss out on all the fun activities because they are sick. Here are some easy and simple tips to help you and your family stay healthy this summer.
1. Wash or Sanitize Your Hands at Key Moments
Summer is a time for hands-on fun. And no matter if we are at a park or in our own backyards, there is an increase in the likelihood of us spreading germs from one person to another. In fact, it has been reported that up to 80% of infections are transmitted by the hands.1 The practice of good hand hygiene, which includes handwashing and using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, like PURELL® Advanced Hand Sanitizer, when soap and water are not available, is one of the best preventive measures we can all take to reduce the spread of germs that can cause illness.
It is important to either wash or sanitize your hands at key moments including:
- Before and after preparing food;
- Before eating;
- After using the bathroom;
- After touching anything that may be touched by many people, such as playground equipment and shared toys.
2. Clean and Disinfect Frequently Touched Surfaces and 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, germs that can cause illness are easily transferred from one person to the next via the surfaces we touch. This is why it is important to clean and disinfect both hard and soft surfaces, like picnic tables, frequently as well as objects such as children’s toys. Also, always sanitize and disinfect food-preparation surfaces with a sanitizer and disinfectant specifically formulated for those surfaces. PURELL® Surface Disinfecting and Sanitizing Sprays, which are available via online retailers and distributors, contain no harsh chemicals, while quickly killing germs including Norovirus and cold and flu.
3. Take Hand Hygiene Products With You
We know during the summer you are most likely on the go from baseball games, to summer camp, to the family road trip. This is why you need hand hygiene products that can easily be placed in a beach or gym bag, a purse or the car. PURELL® Advanced Hand Sanitizer comes in a variety of sizes that easily fit in or clip onto carry-on bags and purses. In addition, PURELL® Hand Sanitizing Wipes make cleaning and sanitizing your hands easy while on the go.
Have a fun and healthy summer, and be sure to have PURELL® products on hand.