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How to Protect Your Residents from the Flu


As a property manager, you have most likely been laser-focused on safety precautions to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in your community since March. But now that October is upon us, there is an additional health concern to stay on top of. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield said, "This is a critical year for us to try to take influenza (flu) as much off the table as we can." Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, reducing the spread of respiratory illnesses, like the flu, this fall and winter is more important than ever, according to the CDC.

So, when and what should you do for your residents and staff?

The timing and duration of flu seasons varies, but flu activity often begins to increase in October, with activity peaks between December and February.

The CDC has a comprehensive list of preventive tips here, many of which put the onus on the person (e.g., wash hands, avoid touching the face, etc.). Perhaps you could share the tips with residents and staff via email, social media, etc.

But there is one tip that falls into your responsibility bucket: clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with viruses that cause flu.

As restrictions have started to ease across the country and you have more resident traffic in your common areas and throughout the community, it’s important to keep all those surfaces disinfected. Because remember: to keep everyone in your community safe, it is important to regularly disinfect – not just clean – surfaces. And not all disinfection methods are created equally.

With our Virus Safeguard service, you can kill 99.99% of germs and bacteria, including the flu. This service leverages 360° Surface-Spraying technology, which uses a professional device that allows the disinfectant to reach every side of every touchable service. By covering objects in a 360-degree approach, this technology eliminates the spot-miss potential of a spray-and-wipe approach. The EPA-certified, hospital-grade reaches all surfaces and cracksadheres more effectively to surfaces and stays there longer than spray-and-wipe disinfection methods.

Take it from an expert; it matters. “In an apartment community -- because you have so many people living in close proximity and sharing so many common areas -- it is really important to use the best available resources and technology in order to protect the health and safety of the residents. 360° Surface-Spraying is the best available technology for disinfection to make sure that the residents living there are safe,” said Dr. Shira Shafir, Infectious Disease Epidemiologist, UCLA.

Rent Ready deploys only vetted, experienced, trained professionals to conduct the 360° Surface Spraying. In addition to apartment communities, they spray in hospitals, schools and restaurants – industries that absolutely count on them for a 100-percent correct application. When you advise your residents that you are doing everything you can to protect them, you want to be sure that there is no room for error.

Written by Kari Guillette

Kari has a vast knowledge of the multi-family industry after working for her entire career in property management. She worked onsite as a community manager and transitioned to regional managers roles all before she switched to the supplier side. That background gives her intimate knowledge of the struggles of onsite staff that help her better solve for therir needs.

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