Summer is definitely at its peak, and with the scorching season lasting over two months, families can bask in the enjoyment of beach trips and outdoor adventures.
However, many parents may not be aware that with the effects of climate change and global warming, summer can be the best time to prepare our families for possible health risks during the rainy season. Just like the classic childhood tale of “The Ant and The Grasshopper”, it’s best to plan this early for the coming rainy season.
The monsoon can give relief after the summer heat. But parents should be wary about the germs and diseases that the rains bring to the household, which can add to the risk of malaria, pneumonia, and complications of the common cold. So here are 5 practical tips to keep your family protected.
1.Having a clean and safe environment should start from home, and one of the steps is to maintain a germ-free kitchen. According to a 2011 study made by the National Sanitation Foundation International (NSF), kitchen countertops, sinks, and dish rags are three out of the top ten germiest places at home, so better make sure all surfaces are clean and dry. Use a trusted brand of cleaning liquid along with clear water, and do it at least twice a day. It’s also best to replace your kitchen sponge every 1 to 2 days.
2.Bathrooms should be well sanitized. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), bacteria and viruses can live two hours or longer on certain surfaces, so hands should be thoroughly washed every time after using the toilet, moreso because this is the main reason for the spread of water-borne diseases. To keep your bathrooms clean, use a diluted antiseptic liquid at least once a day.