Another Reason To Wear Those Winter Gloves: The Filthiest Surfaces We Handle
A new study by Kimberly-Clark, maker of health products and advocates of consumer healthcare, finds that many of the surfaces we come into contact with on a regular basis may lead to health concerns and risks. In this study, six American cities were tested by trained hygienists for contaminants. Some of the more offensive areas were ones in which we may not be able to easily avoid.
The study, as reported by ABC News, includes the cities of Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami and Philadelphia, concluded that handling gas pump handles is potentially one of the more risky activities of your day, with 71% of pumps tested having very high levels of contaminants. Other areas of greatest concern were noted as mailbox handles, parking meters and kiosks, and vending machines. These surfaces can easily be avoided with "green" lifestyle solutions: using tech alternatives to the slower postal services, walking instead of driving can save you money and keep you from having to fill up so often, and avoiding that trip to the vending machine by keeping healthy snacks handy, in efforts to save money, calories, and keep you from unnecessarily coming into contact with someone else's unhealthy intentions. Other surfaces such as ATM buttons, and escalator rails are easily avoided throughout your day by good planning strategies.
Even more reason to break out those walking shoes, just let someone else push the crosswalk button.