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    Posted January 27, 2014 by


    MANILA - Only 11% of people wash their hands after using the public toilet. This jarring statistic was revealed in an article by NewsMax Health, which also said that only 5% scrubbed long enough to kill infection-causing germs. The reason this is alarming is because high-touch areas of public restrooms can contain more than 1,000 colony-forming units per milliliter of infection-causing bacteria .

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a reminder that it takes at least 20 seconds of washing with soap and water to kill most of those germs.

    Armed with this information and various studies, Safeguard introduced the Safeguard Germ Alarm, a loud, attention-grabbing alarm and soap dispenser in one. It was an invention made especially by Safeguard to tackle the issue of germs in public restrooms.

    The alarm is triggered once a person leaves a toilet cubicle, and is disarmed only when the soap dispenser is pressed. Alongside every installed dispenser is a guide on proper handwashing.

    First introduced during Global Handwashing Day in October 2013, the Safeguard Germ Alarm has also been installed in public restrooms around the country, as seen recently in select McDonald's branches. Schools are also beginning to introduce the alarm to their students, with Little Presidents’ Learning Palace in Manila being the first of many more to come.

    Through the Safeguard Germ Alarm, Safeguard, hopes to enjoin more establishments and schools in its fight against harmful diseases—and in effect, reduce the number of illnesses that could be prevented simply by regular handwashing. 

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