Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Tips for a Safer Healthier Home

An ounce of prevention keeps the germs away! Follow these easy and low cost steps to stop many infectious diseases.

Clean Your Hands Often
  • Keeping your hands clean is one of the best ways to keep from getting sick and spreading illness.

Routinely Clean and Disinfect Surfaces

  • Cleaning with soap, water, and scrubbing removes dirt and most germs. However, using a disinfectant cleaner kills germs, giving even better protection.

Handle and Prepare Food Safely

  • Clean hands and surfaces often
  • Seperate - don't cross contaminate one food with another
  • Cook foods to proper temperatures
  • Chill - refrigerate foods promptly

Get Immunized

  • Getting immunizations is easy, low cost, and saves lives. Make sure you and your kids get the shots suggested by your doctor.

Use Antibiotics Appropriately

  • Antibiotics don't work against viruses such as colds and flu. Unnecessary antibiotics can be harmful. Antibiotics should be taken exactly as prescribed by your doctor.

Be Careful with Pets

  • Pets should be routinely cared for by a vet. Babies and children under age 5 should be watched carefully around pets and animals. Always wash hands after touching animals or animal waste.

Avoid Contact with Wild Animals

  • Wild animals can carry deadly diseases and pass them to you and your pets. Keep your house free of wild animals by not leaving any food around. Keep garbage cans sealed.

For more information, please visit www.infectiousinfo.cpha.ca

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