18 November 2008
Preparedness Tuesday: Germs, Just Go Away!
It's Preparedness Tuesday - each Tuesday I post one thing you can do to help prepare you and your family for everyday disasters - be it job loss, bad weather (between being stuck in the middle of hurricane season, and the coming colder winter we're predicted), or even that ugly recession they keep talking about (blech!)
This week I am talking about the cold and flu season that is already starting (yikes!)
You'll want to have a package of cold and flu medication already in your home so you don't have to go out once you feel it beginning, or notice your kids or spouse are starting to get sick. I recommend having at least one package of the cold and flu meds, as well as cough syrup and drops on hand - this way, you'll be able to start it right away and hopefully diminish how bad your symptoms are.
Make sure everyone in your home has proper hand washing techniques. The first thing you want to do when you walk in the door after putting down anything you are carrying, is head straight to the sink and start washing your hands.
Carry a bottle of Purell or similar disinfectant in your purse or coat pocket, and get in the habit of using it after every time you touch something or open a door when out shopping. Take advantage of the fact that many grocery stores have free Clorox wipes at the door and wipe down the cart thoroughly.
I always carry a washcloth in my purse, in case the rest room is out of paper towels or so I can open the door without touching it, if there's only a hand dryer (remember, you wash your hands, but a lot of people don't - ewww!) If you do this, remember to take it out and wash it after each trip!
Lysol all doorknobs in your house on a frequent basis, especially the front and back doors that get the most heavy traffic. Don't forget to wipe down items that also get heavy use, such as the refrigerator door handles, game controllers, and remotes!
If there is ever a bad flu outbreak (look how quickly it can spread through schools!), hopefully following these tips will help keep the yucky germs and viruses away from your home.
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