Preventing Cold & Flu
Each year, multifamily properties are negatively impacted by cold and flu season as viruses are spread quickly among residents through commonly touched surfaces. To minimize potential exposure to cold and flu, turn to Home Depot Pro for helpful tips and the products you need to keep your residents healthy and safe.
Protect Your Property
Each year, cold and flu season is responsible for nearly 44 million sick days in the US, resulting in almost $9.5 billion of financial burden on the business economy.1 The following key areas have the highest likelihood of harboring cold- and flu-causing germs at your property:
- Building entrances
- Public restrooms
- Common areas and gathering places
- Door handles
Follow these tips to keep your property clean and safe:
- Supply paper towels instead of air dryers in restrooms to help reduce the amount of bacteria left on hands after washing with hand soap.
- Install hand sanitizer dispensers at entrances, in common areas and outside restrooms. Don't forget to provide disinfecting wipes at the gym.
- Provide cleaning staff with microfiber cloths and sanitizing or disinfecting cleaning chemicals to keep commonly touched surfaces sanitary.
- Encourage pet owners to stop the spread of germs by providing abundant pet waste solutions around your property.
- Have facial tissue readily available for residents to reduce spread of germs.
Educate Your Residents
As an apartment community, you have an opportunity to educate your residents on cold and flu prevention. The first step is to practice what you preach by implementing a cold and flu prevention plan at your property. The next step is communicating to your residents about what they can do to prevent the spread of germs and viruses this season.
- Get the flu shot. According to the CDC, it's the most important way to protect yourself and others during flu season.
- Wash your hands. Washing your hands regularly is one of the best ways to avoid cold and flu viruses, as well as prevent the spread of germs to others.
- Prioritize a healthy lifestyle. Easy steps like maintaining a healthy diet, exercising regularly, drinking plenty of fluids and getting a good night's sleep will keep your immune system in tip-top shape, so it can fight off the germs you can't avoid.
- Stay at home when you're sick. There are so many conveniences these days. You don't really need to leave your home if you get sick. Also, staying home will prevent the spread of viruses that cause flu epidemics.
1 Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. (2017). H3N2 Spreading Rapidly Nationwide: Earlier, More Aggressive Flu Season Could Cost Employers $9.4 Billion. Retrieved from https://www.challengergray.com/press/press-releases/h3n2-spreading-rapidly-nationwide-earlier-more-aggressive-flu-season-could-cost