Safety Precautions for Holiday Shopping
Whether gathering ingredients for the perfect holiday meal or checking items off your gift-giving list, it’s important to take the proper safety precautions when shopping during the COVID-19 pandemic. The first and most important thing to remember is to always stay home if you’re sick. Online shopping is possible for many retailers and is the safest way to shop. However, there are instances when going to a store is needed, and the following tips will help keep yourself and those around you protected against infection.
Wear Masks and Social Distance
Even if your area or the store doesn’t require a facemask, this is the most proven way to prevent transmission of the virus. Find an effective mask that is also comfortable enough to wear for the duration of your shopping trip. Also, be sure to give a wide berth to other shoppers, especially in stores with narrow aisles. To maintain at least 6' of distance from others, you may want to wait to go into a busy aisle or area until you can use the space by yourself.
Sanitize Your Hands
From doorknobs to credit-card readers, you risk exposing your hands to the virus with every surface you touch (there is no scientific evidence that the virus is transmitted on food or food packaging). As soon as you leave a store, be sure to use a CDC-approved hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol to kill any germs. Keeping individual use hand sanitizer packets in your vehicle or purse is a great way to always be prepared. Once you get home, you should also wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Make It A Short Trip
The longer you are in public areas, the more you are potentially exposed to the virus. Some shopping trips are going to take longer, but this is not the year to window shop. Create a list, get those items, and minimize your time in stores.
Do No Sanitize Food or Products
Fortunately, you do not need to sanitize anything you brought home from the store. In fact, sanitizing food can actually be dangerous if there are chemicals or soaps that aren’t approved for consumption. Instead of sanitizing, consider washing your produce under cool running water and dry it with a clean towel. Also, wash your hands after unpacking your products.
FaciliSafety wishes you and your family a safe, happy holiday season. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have.