Share this on:
 E-mail
108
VIEWS
0
COMMENTS
 
SHARES
About this iReport
  • Not verified by CNN

  • Click to view EMendes's profile
    Posted January 27, 2014 by
    EMendes
    Location
    Philippines

    “WASH YOUR HANDS!” REMINDS THE SAFEGUARD GERM ALARM

     
    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. 

    What do you think of this story?

    Select one of the options below. Your feedback will help tell CNN producers what to do with this iReport. If you'd like, you can explain your choice in the comments below.
    Be and editor! Choose an option below:
      Awesome! Put this on TV! Almost! Needs work. This submission violates iReport's community guidelines.

    Comments

    Log in to comment

    iReport welcomes a lively discussion, so comments on iReports are not pre-screened before they post. See the iReport community guidelines for details about content that is not welcome on iReport.

    Add your Story Add your Story