Keeping your kids healthy can be tough when they are in school. Schools are hot zones for germs, and common illnesses like the cold and flu can spread quickly among kids when they are in close contact with each other. Here, Dettol lists the top 5 most germ ridden places at school.
5. The Bathroom Door
Most people would think that the bathroom is the most germ ridden place at school. Not so. School bathrooms are cleaned regularly. The door to the bathroom is another story – not all kids wash their hands after going to the loo, and everyone touches the door.
4. Canteen trays and lunch boxes
Lunch trays are in constant contact with hands and food, allowing germs and pathogens to breed quickly. Even worse, canteen trays are not regularly and thoroughly wiped down between meals.
Children spend the majority of their day at their desks, meaning all coughs, sneezes, boogers, and hand contaminants end up here.
2. Classroom supplies
Classrooms are full of pencils, crayons, papers, and books that kids touch and share. Studies have found that the most germ ridden place in the classroom is typically the pencil sharpener. Kids can pick up a lot of germs here because it is used so frequently.
1. The drinking fountain
Kids sometimes put their mouths right on the fountain spigot, which is cleaned and disinfected less frequently than the bathroom. Teach your kids to keep their mouth off of the spigot and to let the water run for a few seconds before drinking.
Kids won’t be able to avoid the most germ ridden places in school, but most germs can be eliminated with hand washing. Encourage your kids to wash their hands frequently throughout the day, using an antibacterial soap such as Dettol® No-Touch Antibacterial Hand Wash.
Best Practices for Teachers:
Teachers should use disinfectants, such as Dettol ® Disinfectant Spray, to keep their classroom clean of germs and pathogens.