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posted by: LIT First Aid on: July 20, 2020

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Cleaning your home regularly with trusted disinfectant products is key to reducing the spread of COVID-19. Below, we break down the key steps everyone should be taking to lower the risk of contracting the virus at home.

Step One: Wipe Down Surfaces

Using soapy water and a sponge or cloth, wipe down all surfaces. We recommend cleaning and disinfecting commonly used surfaces in your home on a daily basis. These include door handles (including the fridge door and dishwasher door), faucets, toilet handles, and kitchen counters. Plain dish soap or any other type of household soap will work for this step. Ultimately, wiping down high-traffic surfaces in your home will help remove any dirt and debris, which in turn, will make it easier to disinfect. 

Step Two: Disinfect

Disinfecting your household is critical when it comes to COVID-19. When possible, it’s best to use store bought disinfectants from trusted brands, such as Lysol, Clorox, Microban, Zep, or Fantastik. Health Canada has a list of approved disinfectant products you can refer to. However, due to the shortages that many cities are experiencing, it might be necessary to create your own disinfectant solution. To do this, you will need to mix household bleach with room temperature water (never hot). Bleach should always be diluted, however, it comes in different concentrations, so be sure to check the label on your bottle before you mix. In addition, when using a homemade bleach solution as your disinfectant, you may need to let the solution soak for a minute or more in order to be effective. For example, 1000 ppm bleach solutions should be left for one minute on heavily soiled surfaces before being cleaned. In contrast, bleach solutions of 500 ppm should be left for up to five minutes in order to be effective. 

Overall, the best way to curb the spread of the virus is to stay home, limit contact with others, and regularly clean your household. In the event that someone in your household does contract COVID-19, learning basic first aid can help prepare you. Sign up for the L.I.T. First Aid and Lifeguard Training courses to learn important first aid skills and CPR.

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