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Playgrounds Are Germ Breeding Grounds

[fa icon="calendar"] 8/8/18 10:00 AM / by Lindsey McCarthy

It is hard to know precisely what germs we come across during our daily routine. At home, we know what has been disinfected and what hasn’t been, but how often are playgrounds disinfected? Our children are playing on equipment that may be carrying harmful germs and not even know it. There are many steps you can to take to avoid harmful bacteria at the playground.

children playground in a residential complexFirst, keep some wipes in your bag at all times. By doing so, you are prepared for the spur of the moment trips to the playground. It is a good idea to wipe your child’s hands before and after playing to prevent to spread of germs to the equipment. Hand sanitizer could be used in place of wipes as well. It may also be a good idea to keep a small first aid kit on hand. This is helpful in the event of scrapes or cuts on the playground. Immediate treatment can prevent infection to your child.

Although hand sanitizer can prevent most germs, hand washing with soap and water is still the most effective way to rid of bacteria. It is essential to teach children at a young age the importance of proper hand hygiene and to use a paper towel when opening and closing restroom doors. Not only are these practices helpful for preventing the spread of germs at the playground, but also at school, restaurants, and home. It is a good idea to keep your child away from play areas if they are already ill to prevent to spread of illness to others.

As a manufacturing company of first aid products, Safetec carries many different products perfect for taking with you to the playground. Some of our most popular products are the p.a.w.s. Antimicrobial Hand Wipes and Instant Hand Sanitizer (Fresh and Citrus Scent). Our Personal Care Kit contains wipes, hand sanitizers, and an assortment of first aid products that are perfect in the event of dirty hands or a small cut. This product is suitable for everyday use, not just the playground. Protect yourself and others from widespread germs by using Safe of America’s products.

 

References:
https://www.aaastateofplay.com/guide-to-playground-hygiene/

Topics: Germs

Lindsey McCarthy

Written by Lindsey McCarthy