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 To minimize potential exposure to harmful viruses among employees and residents, turn to The Home Depot Pro for helpful tips and the products you need to keep your residents healthy and safe.
High Risk Areas
The following key areas have the highest likelihood of harboring cold- and flu-causing germs in multifamily properties:
- Building entrances
- Public restrooms
- Common areas
- Door handles
4 Tips for Prevention
- Supply paper towels instead of air dryers in common 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, in the gym and outside restrooms
- Provide cleaning staff with microfiber cloths and cleaning disinfectants and sanitizers to keep commonly touched surfaces sanitary
- Have facial tissues readily available for residents and employees to reduce the spread of germs
1 Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. H3N2 Spreading Rapidly Nationwide: Earlier, More Aggressive Flu Season Could Cost Employers $9.4 Billion. (2017).