Report: Gas Pumps, Parking Meters Germ Infested


Next time you fill up your car at the gas station, you might want to wear a full body hazmat suit.

A new report released Tuesday says that gas pump handles are about the dirtiest, most germ infested surface people touch during their work day.

According to USA Today 71% of gas pump handles show signs of bacteria or viruses that will make you sick. The handles on corner mailboxes came in at second grimiest with 68%.

The report was released by Kimberly-Clark Professional (KCP) with help from Professor Charles Gerba, an environmental microbiologist at the University of Arizona.

Teams of hygienists swabbed dirty surfaces all over the country (including Chicago) as the basis for the study.

Interesting enough, parking meters were pretty disgusting too with a 40% infestation rating and crosswalk buttons followed with 35%.

Our suggestion is to carry a 55 gallon drum of hand sanitizer in the trunk of your car from now on.

Here’s USA Today’s full story, “Study: Germs on gas pumps, ATMs and more could make you sick.”

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