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Preventing Infections in the Home

  January 07, 2019

By Sevy Gambs, Surpass Senior Living

Approximately 75,000 people die every year due to avoidable infections. Children under five and adults over 65 are at higher risk. Most people believe hospitals and one’s own home are safe havens; however, that is where most infections originate. Here are some recommended practices to help minimize risk of colds, flu, food-borne illnesses, staph, and other infections.

Your hands
The number-one preventative action you can take is washing your hands. Your hands can pick up and spread germs from one place to another.

Frequent handwashing is key in preventing the spread of infections. You should wash your hands with warm water and preferably liquid soap and dry with a disposable paper towel, not a hand towel. Alcohol rubs and hand sanitizers can work in a pinch, but remember, they don’t kill all germs, especially those that cause diarrhea.

Your kitchen
The kitchen is a high-risk area and simple steps can be taken to reduce the chances of cross-contamination. Cook and maintain food at recommended temperatures, and putting leftovers away promptly can go a long way. Keep your refrigerator between 34 to 36 degrees, make sure the door is closed properly, and that the seal works. Store raw meats in the bottom of the fridge away from other foods and use separate equipment for raw food and cooked food.

Your cleaning equipment
In addition to your hands, mops, cloths, and sponges can spread germs as well because they are damp and an ideal breeding ground for germs. Do not use the same cleaning materials to clean your kitchen that you use in your bathroom — if you do, make sure you clean your kitchen first and wash all materials in hot water using your washing machine.

Your floors
The risk of infection is low; however, it is important to note that you should not vacuum if someone in your home has diarrhea or vomiting.

Your bathroom
Your bathroom is a high-risk area for infection. You should always wash your hands after using the toilet or the bathroom. Clean bathroom areas you frequently touch with hot water and detergent, using a separate cleaning cloth from the rest of the house. Do not use bleach to clean your toilet if you have a septic tank or bio-unit, as this can kill the bacteria that breaks down solid waste. You should use a limescale remover instead.

Following these simple steps can lower the risk of infection for both you and your family members.

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January 07, 2019


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