Friday, 9 May 2014

Water Safety - Brought To You By Dettol

I have been using Dettol forever and to this day the smell of Dettol Antiseptic Liquid triggers comforting childhood memories. A feeling of comfort envelopes me each time I smell the original Dettol Antiseptic Smell. It is that feeling of being comforted after grazing your knee and your mother swabs your knee with Dettol Antiseptic, puts a plaster on and kisses it better. It brings back memories of my boys when they were little and I comforted and kissed their sores better after cleaning with Dettol. Dettol now has a vast range of products from personal hygiene to cleaning products to ensure that you have a healthy family and home.

Dettol Antiseptic Liquid & Hand Wash

We sometimes tend to forget that not everyone in South Africa has access to clean running water. Many folk living in rural areas have no running water. You may know someone who comes from an area that has no running water - perhaps a staff member or family of a staff member. Perhaps you are adventurous and travel to very rural areas, without clean running water. Mark would love to travel through Africa in our Landrover and even though it is fully kitted out for such trips, I am not that keen. Dettol has recognised the fact that there are many areas that still do not have clean running water and have these handy tips to ensure that the water you drink is always clean and safe for consumption. If I do one day, throw caution to the wind and go on Mark's dream African Adventure, these water safety tips will come in handy. In the meantime I will most definitely give them to those staff members of ours, who I know come from villages that still don't have access to running water.
This post was sponsored by Dettol, however all opinions and words are my own.

Dettol Bath Soap

Follow these water safety tips from Dettol, if you are ever in doubt about the water you need to drink or cook with.

Household Tips on Making Water Safe

Important Information to Know Water may look clean but it could be unsafe to use. Water that has not been treated could contain millions of germs including those that cause gastrointestinal, skin and eye infections. Most of these germs are excreted in human and animal faeces; they make their way into the water supply if it isn’t protected from contamination. Not every home has access to a piped water supply and even those who do have access can experience problems with water safety from time to time. Using this unsafe water to drink or prepare food can lead to illness and put everyone at risk, especially the young and elderly. If someone contracts an illness it can be spread to other people through direct or indirect contact with their faeces, for example, if someone doesn't wash their hands before preparing food for you.

How to Make Water Safe

You may need to treat your water before you drink it or use it to prepare food if you do not already have access to a piped water supply. You may also need to filter or decant the water before you treat it if it is still very dirty. You can purify water by doing the following:
 · Bring the water to a rolling boil · Expose the water to ultraviolet radiation
 · Add a suitable disinfectant such as chlorine to the water.
 These methods can be seen as impractical and don’t provide any long-term protection. There is a risk of further contaminating the water with germs by transferring the water to a contaminated container or dipping your hands or contaminated utensils in the water. Using chlorine to disinfect water is efficient and easy but it needs to be done correctly.

Correctly Cleaning Water Containers and Preventing Contamination

· Containers should be cleaned and disinfected correctly before use
· Water should be regularly replaced with fresh water from a municipal tap. 
· Water containers should be covered and protected at all times to prevent germs and diseases that come from animals, insects and dirt.
· You should never top up containers that are not completely empty. Empty containers should be cleaned and disinfected before reusing. 
· Try not dip your hands or dirty utensils into a water container, you could contaminate it. 
· Use separate containers for treated and contaminated water. 
· Discard any broken or cracked water containers. 

Water Purification Tablets

These are a very simple and effective ways to chlorinate your water and make it safe for drinking and preparing food. Simply add them to the water and they will get rid of any germs and keep you and your family protected from any water-borne germs and diseases. Most water purification tablets effectively disinfect your water without changing the colour, leaving any foul taste or removing any natural minerals.

Benefits include:

· They destroy a wide range of water-borne germs.
· Prevents the re-contamination of water during storage and use. 
· Very simple and easy to use. 
· They are much safe to store and use in comparison to granular chlorine.  · They are cost effective. 

Storing Water Safely and Correctly

Treating and storing water correctly can lead to a large improvement in your drinking waters quality and reductions in diarrhoeal disease. Storing water in plastic, ceramic or metal containers with the following characteristics is the preferred method:
 · Must have a small opening with a lid or cover used to access the water inside. 
 · The container should be an appropriate size for contamination treatment.
 · Store water in the containers for a short period of time. 
 · Empty, clean and disinfect water containers on a regular basis.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Water Hygiene


· Select a water source that is well protected from contamination.
· Only use clean and safe water for drinking and preparing food.
· Use an effective method, such as water purification tablets, to disinfect your water.
· Wash your hands with soap regularly.
· Educate your family and children about water-borne diseases and how to avoid them.


· Drink any water from any unsafe source, including ponds, rivers and lakes.
· Swim in shallow pool water or polluted and dirty water.

This post is sponsored by Dettol, read more helpful health and hygiene tips on their website.

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