As the temperature drops lower and lower this winter, the chances you’ll catch anything from the sniffles to the flu drastically increases. With a few preventive steps, you can keep yourself and your family from getting illnesses this winter. Here are our best tips for keeping your home and family healthy this season:

Daily Handwashing

Hand washing before and after meals or using the restroom is the first line of defense in preventing illness during the winter months. According to the Centers for Disease Control, effective handwashing involves these five steps: wet, lather, scrub, rinse and dry. To be super healthy, try washing your hands for 20 seconds.

Avoid Close Contact

Not with everyone, silly! If you know someone is sick with the cold or flu, use your best judgment and avoid drinking after them or getting too close. When you share a home with someone this can get pretty tough, but there are a couple things you can do to save yourself from what’s going around. A couple ways to combat the cold or flu is to separate utensils and plates and clean and disinfect countertops and other objects after using them.  

Avoid Touching Your Face

Germs, especially the germs that cause colds and the flu, spread super quickly in small, concentrated places. If you’re not ramping up your cleaning routine during flu season, expect to spend a few days on the couch with lots of medicine running through your system. During the winter, it’s crucial you cover your nose and mouth when coughing and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth prior to handwashing.

Winterizing Your Home

Another overlooked preventative tip in the winter season is making sure your home is winter ready. Sleeping in drafty or moist rooms can turn a little sniffle into a full-blown cold. Homeowners should install weather stripping and insulation around any windows and doors and have their home checked for any unknown moisture presence.

Anderson Restoration provides Jacksonville homeowners with the latest in emergency restoration techniques to clean, restore and repair your home and other property as good as new.

Properly Heat Your Home

Having a properly maintained heating system or using heating equipment properly is important preventive steps in making sure you and your family avoid being ill this winter. Homeowners should have a professional check their heating systems annual to make sure that your system is clean, working, ventilated to the outside.


Space heaters and generators are an effective alternative to heat, although they pose a risk if not used correctly. To prevent Carbon Monoxide poisoning, homeowners should install Carbon Monoxide alarms near sleeping areas and remember never to use generators inside their homes or garages. Additionally, space heaters should be placed on level ground and kept away from flammable items. Learning how to properly use a space heater or generator can mean the difference between life and death. Homeowners in the Jacksonville area can depend on Anderson Restoration to provide quality emergency restoration services after fire damage to your home and property. When you need help, our team are the ones you should call.