Most people try hard to avoid using public restrooms. Even if they’re immaculate, the thought of sitting where someone else did their business often leads to the ‘ick factor.’ Thinking about the number of invisible germs swarming around can make you sick. But some trips to public bathrooms are unavoidable. When they occur, pray there’s a working hand hygiene station so you can rid yourself of bacteria. Sarabia’s Portable Jons can install these stations at events to help stop germs from spreading.
Why Your Restroom Needs a Hand Hygiene Station
Warning! Do not read this if you are about to eat or just ate. Feces from both people and animals are a source of germs that can lead to Salmonella, E. coli, and norovirus. Each causes diarrhea and some respiratory infections.
There are only three ways these kinds of germs can get onto hands. One is when people use the toilet or change a diaper. You can also come in contact with these germs when handling raw meats that have invisible animal poop on them.
Also, if you touch an object someone coughed or sneezed on or was touched by some other contaminated object, you can end up with these germs on your hands. When you don’t wash your hands, germs can be passed from person to person and make people sick. In fact, a single gram of human feces, about the weight of a paper clip, can contain over one trillion germs. So, before you leave the restroom, be sure to use the hand hygiene station.
What Can Hand Washing Do For You?
Handwashing with soap removes germs from hands. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) states that using a hand hygiene station can prevent about 30 percent of diarrhea-related illnesses and about 20 percent of respiratory infections. This is because people frequently touch their eyes, nose, and mouth without even realizing it. Germs can get into the body that way and make you sick. Furthermore, germs from unwashed hands can get into foods and drinks and multiply under certain conditions, thereby making you sick.
If that is not enough, germs from unwashed hands can be transferred to other objects. These can be handrails, table tops, or toys, which transfer germs to another person’s hands. By washing your hands at a hand hygiene station, you help prevent diarrhea and respiratory infections, and may even help prevent skin and eye infections.
If you want to help reduce the number of illnesses we are exposed to, wash your hands. Also, have Sarabias Portable Jons install a hand hygiene station at your next event.