Filthiest Surfaces Gas Pumps
October 26, 2011 by staff
Researchers at a personal care company recently discovered gas pumps are a breeding ground for bacteria, along with several other objects touched regularly.
They say that bacteria levels are so high that have the potential to transmit disease.
The idea of ??getting a disease while filling a gas station is something that never crossed the mind of Frank ELDU, until today.
“It’s kind of gross actually never happened to me before,” said ELDU.
A research group at Kimberly-Clark Corporation cleaned up hundreds of surfaces around the United States, and found that higher gas pumps a list of most bacteria and viruses covered American objects are on their way to work.
“I do not think it’s amazing. I think the bacteria is everywhere. We live in a bit of a bacteria-saturated society, right?” Ports said Alex, who lives in Vancouver.
Other top offenders for bacteria are ATM buttons, handles the mailboxes, and crosswalk buttons.
Not surprisingly, health experts say the best way to stay healthy is to wash your hands after touching objects.
“We’ve known for a long time that many of these areas remain the viruses and bacteria, both for long periods of time, and is a common way of transmission of the disease in our community,” said Dr. Larry Jech, Benton Franklin Health District.
A handful of people we spoke to say whether it is kept clean by using hand sanitizer after touching public objects.
But most say that this research will not change the way they take care of your health.
“If convenient, I wash my hands, but I do not think much about it unless you’re in the bathroom or something. Like everything in the bathroom, I wash my hands, but other than that, not really,” said Kevin Henderson, a resident of Vancouver.
ELDU other hand says that after today, he plans to be a little more cautious at the pump.
“You might want to have a glove in my car, something to fall in my hands before touching the pump. Season, especially colds and flu. Something I never thought before,” said ELDU.
Some station employees we spoke with today tell us that it comes to cleaning the gas pump each week.
Some of the other surfaces that bacteria found in them are parking meters, vending machine buttons and escalator rails.
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