How to Keep Your Fridge Hygienic [COVID-19]

At this current moment, the world is a very confusing place to be on. This is all due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has caused countries such as the United States to close their borders, events to be cancelled, and entire countries to be put on lockdown. Although this may seem scary, it is all in an effort to stop the coronavirus from spreading and causing more to become infected. 

Currently, in the United Kingdom, the borders are open and the country is not on lockdown, however, major events have been cancelled. Some of these events are Premier League and EFL football fixtures, which have all been cancelled until the 3rd of April, however, it is rumoured that the season could be postponed further or potentially cancelled. 

The most important advice that we have been provided with at the moment is to keep hygienic. There are various different ways that we can keep hygienic with all the different things we do daily. With food and drink, it is extremely important that hygiene measures are consistently taken eating, preparing, and storing food. In this blog, we have focused specifically on keeping your fridge hygienic to ensure good health and safe use. 

Cover All Meat at All Times

Meat should always be stored at home in your fridge or freezer, although, freezers can cause meat to lose its flavour and freshness. Storing meat in places like you cupboard can cause the meat to become extremely unhygienic by rotting.

For better tasting meat dishes, meat should be stored inside of your fridge alongside other meats and in a sealed container. Many different types of meat contain bacteria that could potentially cause illness if ingested. This bacteria remains in the meat until the meat is cooked. Raw chicken is an example of a meat that is harmful to heat unless it has been cooked, which kills the bacteria.

When meat is stored in a fridge, it is vitally important that the meat is covered. If meat is uncovered, the bacteria from the meat could easily spread to other foods that do not require cooking or drinks. This would mean the bacteria would be directly ingested and could potentially cause illness. Most types of meat come in sealed containers, which are extremely effective for preventing the spread of bacteria. Unless you are planning to use the meat in the container, do not remove the seal. If you are only using part of the meat, then remove the seal and replace with clingfilm, but ensure that the top of the packaging is well covered. 

Wash Your Hands Before Touching Raw Meat

Before touching any raw food to place in your fridge, it is vitally important to ensure that your hands are washed completely. This includes raw fruit and vegetables, not just raw meat. You must wash your hands when touching any food that is not in packaging or ready to eat food. Bacteria on different items of food can easily spread and contaminate various food and drinks inside of your fridge. This could then potentially escalate to you, your family, or housemates getting sick. 

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the government have reminded us that everybody should wash their hands for 20 seconds to ensure complete hygiene. 20 seconds is approximately how long it takes to sing happy birthday twice. This highly memorable method will keep your hands clean, subsequently preventing the spread of bacteria and diseases, and potentially even prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Hand Sanitizer is also an incredibly effective way of killing bacteria, however, if hand sanitizer is in contact with food, it can cause it to taste unusual. 

Keep Raw Meat Away From Ready to Eat Meals

When storing meat in your fridge, it is incredibly important that all raw meat is stored together and not with any food that is ready to eat. The reason for this is so that bacteria from the raw meat does not come in to contact with any of the ready to eat foods. If raw meat was to come in to contact with ready to eat foods, the foods would become inedible or cause whoever consumed the food to become ill. 

Currently, it is deemed by the NHS that the spread of COVID-19 through food and packaging is very unlikely, however, it is still a possibility. With such a serious global crisis and with so many vulnerable people at risk, it is vitally important that no risks are taken with hygiene. Across the internet, there are many guides on how to remain hygienic and prevent COVID-19 from spreading. Below are some tips from us for staying hygienic during the COVID-19 outbreak:

  • Ensure to avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Hands touch various surfaces and can easily pick up viruses. If your hands have picked up a virus and you touch your eyes, nose, or mouth, the virus can be transmitted to your body. 

  • Maintain a metre distance from anybody around you who is coughing or sneezing.

  • When coughing or sneezing, aim to cough or sneeze into your sleeves or elbows. This is as if you are infected and touch a surface, it could infect others and cause the virus to spread.

  • Wash your hands frequently for 20 seconds using an alcohol-based hand rub or with soap and water. 

Does Using a Fridge Increase The Risk Of Myself or Others Getting COVID-19?

As already mentioned, it is highly unlikely that COVID-19 is spread via food or packaging, however, it still is a possibility. This does not mean in any way that you should stop using your fridge. With the correct hygiene precautions and following the advice of this blog, it is extremely unlikely that the contents of your fridge could be contaminated by COVID 19, and using your fridge should be completely safe. 

Fridge Chester

During the time of a pandemic or not, it is highly important that your home has a fridge. Fridges keep your food and drinks fresh, hygienic, and cold. Butlers Appliances stock a wide range of fridges in Chester and other refrigeration appliances such as chest freezers. Browse through our range today.