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The holiday season is here, which means many offices will be hosting parties. But as it’s also flu season, and with a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report showing strong flu activity through most of the country, those celebrating should do all they can to not get sick and miss out on the special time spent with friends loved ones.

When preparing an office — or a home — for a holiday party, follow these tips offered by GOJO. 

1. Disinfect frequently touched surfaces before and after the party. These surfaces include door knobs, hand rails, light switches, refrigerator handles, and remote controls. 

2. Wash hands frequently when preparing food. Make sure to wash hands for at least 20 seconds before, during, and after preparing food, as well as after handling raw meats and produce. It’s an easy way to prevent germs and bacteria from spreading around the kitchen and to other foods – and in turn, to other party-goers.

3. Be meticulous with cleanliness in the kitchen. Disinfect breakroom counter tops and sinks before and after cooking. Treated surfaces must remain wet for the contact time listed on the disinfectant’s label. Use separate cutting boards when preparing raw meats, fruits, and vegetables.

4. Strategically place hand sanitizer at key locations. As more than 80 percent of illnesses are transmitted by the hands, having hand sanitizer easily accessible is a great way to stop the spread of germs amongst guests. Use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol and place bottles near where food is being served and eaten.

5. Clean and restock the restroom. Place a full liquid soap by the sink, and a fresh roll of paper towels, or stack of clean hand towels. Restock tissues and toilet paper, and empty the trash. Disinfect the sink, handle, countertop, and toilet.