Fuel pump handles riddled with bacteria could become hotbed for Coronavirus, says experts

Motorists are being urged to disinfect their hands after using petrol pumps, due to the risk of contracting viruses that could be lurking on the handles.

Motorists are being urged to disinfect their hands after using petrol pumps, due to the risk of contracting viruses that could be lurking on the handles.

While it is common for motorists to use fuel pumps on a daily basis, experts are warning that such contact could put them at risk of a number of nasty bugs – including coronavirus.

Sanitize frequently touched surfaces inside and outside your vehicle including:

•Car keys & fobs
•Door handles
•Steering wheels
•Gear shift
•Radio, GPS & other buttons & dials
•Seat belts, car seats
•Mobile phones
•Purses or diaper bags
•Travel cups/holders

Surfaces that are dirty (all of them) should be cleaned using soap & water prior to sanitization.   The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides a list of effective disinfecting products, but most common household disinfectants should be effective.

Use a disinfecting wipe or a disposable tissue when touching surfaces such as:

•Gas Pumps & key pads
•Public charging stations
•Parking meters
•Toll booths
•Drive through ATMS & other touch screens

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