Avoiding the Flu in School
It is that time of year again. Freezing temperatures so cold you have no choice but to crank up the heat in your home. People flooding the grocery store to stock up on bread before the next big snow storm. Your child running off the school bus with a runny nose and fever. Ah, yes flu season is here!
It is no secret that one of the places germs thrive the most are within the walls of school facilities. The first step to fighting back against the spread of the flu in schools is truly understanding the difference between cleaning and disinfecting.
Cleaning works by removing physical impurities such as dirt from a surface using soap and water. Although this does not necessarily kill germs, it does lower the number of germs on a surface and lowers the chance of those germs spreading.
Disinfecting works by using chemicals to kill germs. Unlike cleaning, disinfecting does not always remove physical impurities. It is a good idea to always clean a surface before disinfecting it to prevent the spread of germs and infections.
The next step to ensure that germs don’t spread within a school facility is to make sure to clean and disinfect the “hot spots” that everyone touches often. Bathrooms, doorknobs, desks, faucets, lab equipment and water bubblers are just a few of the most common areas where bacteria can live. It may even be a good idea to disinfect these types of surfaces daily. If a surface or object is visibly tainted with a bodily fluid such as blood, that area should be cleaned immediately with the use of proper safety procedures.
Now that some commonly touched areas have been identified, it is important to understand the correct products to use as well as how to use them. SSS Navigator Dilution Control System is an EPA registered multi-purpose disinfectant that kills 99.9% of Influenza A that causes the flu along with many other viruses that can run rampant among schools. This product is safe to use on floors, walls, mirrors, metal surfaces, painted surfaces, showers, faucets and many other hard, nonporous surfaces. For more details contact your local Triple-S distributor.
One final tip, which is just as important as it is obvious, is to make sure to wash your hands regularly. Some of the most beneficial times to wash your hands are before you eat, after you eat, after you use the bathroom, after coughing or sneezing and after sharing materials (such as a pencil, eraser, or gym equipment). Habitually washing your hands could mean the difference between staying clear of the pesky flu or becoming a victim to it.
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