What you can do to keep your home healthy
Keep your home dry and warm by doing the following:
- Dry clothes outside, do not bring wet clothes inside to dry.
- If you use a clothes dryer ensure it is vented outside, if not consider using the washing line/clothes horse outside.
- If you have a dehumidifier, now is a good time to start using it.
- Always use extractor fans in the bathroom or kitchen when in use – if you have no extractor fan open a window to let moisture out.
- Open windows and doors for 10 – 15 minutes each day at the warmest time of the day to lower moisture levels.
- Keep your home consistently heated between 18 - 25°C
- Contact you power provider if cost is concerning you and ask them for help.
Block drafts coming through doors and windows by using draft stops or roll up old towels to stop the cold air coming in.
- Open curtains during the day to let the sun in and close them before it gets dark to keep the heat in.
- Keep surfaces clean. In particular thing like light switches, door handles, remote controls and benches.
- Ask everybody to leave their shoes at the door - germs grab on to anything.
Never put handbags, school bags or grocery bags on benches unless you disinfect the surface after.
Wash hands regularly and thoroughly – make sure your children know how to wash their hands well.
What to do if you have flu symptoms
If you get a cold or flu, discuss with your GP the recommended use of Salbutamol (medication):
2 puffs, 4 hourly from day one of the cold till it settles, then stop (the normal dose of Salbutamol is less than two puffs weekly)
- Drink plenty of fluids, stay indoors and rest. DO NOT GO TO WORK or SCHOOL. Do not mix with others. Use Panadol as prescribed for fever
- Ask those who have a cold to stay away until they are better
- If you are taking Symbicort – take your normal twice daily dose and extra puffs as prescribed by your GP
- If you do not improve or become worse contact your GP immediately to make an appointment - explain you are sick before you go.