It sounds rather far-fetched to say that washing your hands could save your life, but this really could be the case.
Effective hand washing techniques help to reduce the risk of illnesses and could enable you to steer clear of contagious infections, which may spread around hospitals, hotels, airports, schools, universities and workplaces.
If you’re looking forward to the summer and you’re eager to keep illness at bay and avoid accidents, such as slips, trips and falls, here are some simple tips to boost your health in time for the holidays:
Effective hand washing techniques
- Wash those hands: Many people may assume that washing your hands is a technique that has been mastered by all; however, a large proportion of people don’t wash their hands properly and this contributes to a higher risk of illness. It is advisable to wash your hands on a regular basis using antibacterial hand wash and warm water; make sure you wash both hands thoroughly. It is particularly important to wash your hands after going to the toilet and visiting somebody in hospital and before you start to cook or prepare food or eat. Antibacterial lotion, which is applied directly to the hands, can help to reduce the risk of developing an infectious illness in a public place; however, it should not be used as a substitute for hand washing.
- Focus on your diet: Your diet supplies your body with fuel and essential vitamins, nutrients and minerals and now is the perfect time to work towards a healthy, balanced diet. Aim for 5 portions of fruit and vegetables per day and try to cut down on sugary, salty and fatty foods. If you’re aiming to lose weight, cut the number of calories you consume on a daily basis and do more exercise; the guideline daily intake is 2,000 for women and 2,500 for men.
- Get active: Exercising has benefits for the body and mind and it can help to reduce stress, as well as the risk of heart disease, strokes, diabetes, cancer and high blood pressure. Exercise can also help to condition the body and improve strength to reduce the risk of slip, trip and fall injuries. NICE recommends five 30-minute sessions of moderate physical activity per week.
Claiming compensation for illness
If you’ve picked up an illness as a result of poor hygiene or health and safety, for example, you’ve developed food poisoning after eating at a restaurant, or you’ve been injured in a public place and it wasn’t your fault, you may have a case for public liability compensation. Call our personal injury lawyers at Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, to find out more about making a public place accident claim.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice