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SLO City Fire - Flu Tips

January 9th, 2018

SLO Fire Chief Garret Olson shares some Flu Avoidance Tips during his 1st visit of the New Year! See the Tips below... and CLICK HERE to Hear the conversation.

Regardless of whether you got a flu shot this season, here are some tips from your emergency response peers:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way. You can have flu germs on your hands and not get the flu. Once you introduce the germs to broken skin or mucous membranes (eyes, nose, mouth), your chances of getting the flu skyrocket!
  • Fist bumps are better than handshakes, and no unnecessary contact is better than a fist bump! If this is awkward for your normal routine, tell people or put a sign up in your work area that reads “I look forward to shaking your hand after flu season!”
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people. If you work in an area with a high volume of walk-in customers, have tissues available and encourage your customers to help themselves.
  • If you have someone sick at home, follow these same guidelines and be mindful of shared items (remote controls, phones, light switches, door knobs, faucets, etc.). You don’t have to be a panicked germaphobe, just be mindful, increase your housekeeping regime, and wash your hands with greater frequency.
  • If you feel under the weather, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. If you don’t have a tissue handy (you should!), sneeze into your shoulder or upper arm to contain the sneeze, but keep your hands relatively germ free and away from your face.
  • If you are sick with flu symptoms, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone. Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicines.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu. Consider getting simple sanitizing wet-wipes to clean common area like customer counters, door handles, or other surface lots of people may contact. You don’t have to spray pure bleach on everything! Just a little increased common-sense housekeeping should suffice with household-strength cleaning wipes.

We hope you are able to start 2018 feeling strong and healthy.

Garret Olson

Fire Chief

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