4 Ways Families Can Prepare Their Homes for Cold and Flu Season
By Brooke Chaplan
A month or two before the cold and flu season is in full swing, you might want to spend a little bit of time getting your home ready. With some hard work and a few preventative measures, you can greatly reduce your family’s risk of becoming ill. Here are a few ways you can prepare your home for cold and flu season.
Stock Up on the Right Items
As soon as the first round of sicknesses takes place in your hometown, quite a few supplies could get sold out. Stocking up on the right supplies is going to be especially important if you live in a town that has limited stores. At the very least, you should make sure that you have some extra hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes, vitamins, paper towels, and soap. You might also want to ensure that your home has plenty of antihistamines, painkillers, and fever reducers.
Deep Clean and Sanitize
One of the most important steps that you should take leading up to the cold and flu season is deep cleaning your entire home. Cleaning and sanitizing are going to get rid of unwanted germs as well as any allergens that might exacerbate the symptoms of the flu. Once your house has been thoroughly cleaned, you should then try to sanitize all commonly used surfaces at least once every day or two.
Restock the Refrigerator with Healthy Foods
When it comes to your immune system, dietary habits are going to be vital. If you don’t provide your body with the proper nutrients, then it will be very difficult to fight off illnesses. As a general rule, you want your diet to be primarily compromised of fresh produce and healthy sources of protein. You should also avoid foods that might weaken or compromise your immune system. That includes sugary drinks, alcohol, and baked treats.
Minimize Your Airborne Contaminants
Another tactic that can reduce your risk of becoming sick is ensuring that your home’s air quality is as pristine as possible. To accomplish that, you might want to swap out your air filters and have your vents cleaned. Humidity fluctuations can aggravate your respiratory health as well, and that is why you should consider setting up some moisture sensors and schedule an appointment with a contractor for basement waterproofing.
While keeping your home as germ-free as possible is a great start, everyone is going to get sick at some point. If a family member remains ill for more than a few days or has a high fever, then you must immediately take them to a family doctor or the hospital.
More About the Author
Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at facebook.com/brooke.chaplan or Twitter @BrookeChaplan
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