It’s easy to think of winter, with its sniffles, flus, and colds, as the germy time of the year. But summer is not without its own set of unique germs to avoid. As the days get longer and the mercury rises, consider the following aspects of sanitizing during the summer months to prevent germs from spoiling your summer fun.
Avoiding the heat in cool waters is a favorite summer pastime. But unfortunately, water can be a breeding ground for nasty germs and pathogens. Outbreaks tied to recreational swimming spots have been caused by norovirus, E. coli, Cryptosporidium, and other germs. The best prevention for spreading germs is to stay out of the water if you have diarrhea and to always shower before getting in the pool. Showering before swimming helps to ensure that the pool chemicals can be devoted to fighting dangerous germs, not the dirt and sweat that might be on your skin. It is also important to avoid swallowing the water – and make sure your kids are following these same rules!
Summer often means picnics, campground cookouts, and backyard barbecues. As the sun beats down on food that should be kept cool, outdoor meals can breed germs and lead to illness. A simple way to prevent this is to not leave food sitting out for a long period of time. Keep food cool and pack it up after eating. The hotter it is outside, the more cautious you should be. Also, make sure to cook meat thoroughly to kill bacteria like E. coli and Salmonella.
Keep it Clean for Germ Protection
Keeping pools and food clean is only part of a well-sanitized summer. Keeping yourself clean, especially when exposed to outside elements, is essential. If you have a scrape or a bug bite, make sure to replace any wet bandages. Staphylococcus bacteria can take advantage of wounds and lead to infection. Keep an eye out for signs of infection, like swelling and redness. You should also properly wash and dry swimsuits and beach towels as another step for bacteria removal. Failure to do so can encourage the growth of pathogenic bacteria.
Practicing a few precautions against germs this summer can help keep you and your family healthy, happy, and enjoying the sunshine. For help along the way, contact Sterlize Guy to learn about our antimicrobial treatments. These products destroy bacteria and viruses and last for up to 90 days on a single application – far outlasting traditional cleaning products!