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Avoid the Flu While Checking the Flue

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As a chimney and hearth professionals our work takes us into several homes a day. Whether it’s a chimney cleaning, chimney relining, gas fireplace installation or other type of work entering a home can expose you to many types of flue viruses.

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With the H1N1 still alive and well (unfortunatley) and other potentially deadly viruses on the rise it’s vital to protect yourself from germs. If a home has children it can be a particularly strong hotbed of germs. Just as Pigpen walked with his visible cloud, many children have an invisible cloud of germs attached. This comes from touching, hugging and sharing toys with other kids, being exposed to coughs, sneezes and touching door knobs, water fountains and other things at school. Even a child’s clothes can have germs on them.

Protect yourself against becoming ill and missing days of work income.

  • It’s not too late to get the flu shot.
  • Check out the government’s website at http://www.flu.gov/.
  • Wash your hands as often as you can.
  • Carry hand sanitizer in your truck, your toolbox, in your pocket,your house…..
  • Clean your respirator on a regular basis.
  • If the homeowner sounds ill or you hear children coughing in the background then reschedule.
  • Don’t miss your daily vitamins.
  • Eat Right and get enough sleep

If you do catch a flu virus you may be able to get on an anti-virus drug if you go to the doctor within the first few days. Otherwise, drink lots of chicken soup, liquids and get lots of rest. We want you to be well for the NCSG convention in Hartford!

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