Tips to keep your downtime safe and healthy

The home is often seen as a sanctuary: a place where we can escape. Maybe you’re looking forward to watching a movie or to having family and friends over for supper. Maybe you’re planning on finishing up a few nagging chores or taking some well-deserved quiet time to curl up with a book after a busy day.

No matter your reason to stay inside, Health Canada recommends taking a few simple steps to make sure that your home is a healthy one and that it stays that way.

  1. Remove your shoes or boots at the entryway. It all begins at the front door. It’s not just about the mud and dirt you could be tracking in – removing your footwear can also help keep harmful bacteria and chemicals from being spread around your home.
  2. Ventilate your home. Open your windows on a nice day. After all, there’s nothing like a breath of fresh air. You can keep your indoor air cleaner by turning on the stove hood fan while you’re cooking or the bathroom fan while you’re in the shower. Also, make sure you have working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms helping you keep your home safe and healthy.
  3. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This simple activity is the most effective thing you can do to protect yourself against a number of infections and illnesses.
  4. Read the label. Even if you’re only topping up the windshield washer fluid in your car, make sure you read and follow label directions, paying close attention to hazard symbols. All household chemical products need to be used, stored and disposed of properly. Keep products with hazard symbols out of sight and out of reach of children.

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