There may be no greater hotspot for the explosion of germs and bacteria than schools. Students spend an average of 6 hours a day, 180 days a year in their school environment. Many times, children are sent to school with coughs, colds, flu symptoms, or with illnesses brewing under the surface. Students sit, eat and play in close contact with each other all day. Perfect storm situation for the growth and spread of pathogens.
Approximately 55 million students and 7 million staff attend the more than 130,000 private and public schools in our country. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), nearly 22 million school days are lost annually due to the common cold. One of the most crucial ways to combat the spread of germs in a school and decrease absenteeism is by maintaining a clean environment. However, the methods used in most educational institutions leave much to be desired and are extremely inadequate.
In 2006, NSF International’s microbiologists conducted an experiment in Michigan public schools to find out where the most germs were commonly found in their schools. Their goal was to discover what areas the schools’ cleaning crews needed to pay special attention to in order to better protect the students and decrease the spread of infections. Of every place tested, the water fountain spigot harvested the largest number of aerobic bacteria per inch—2,700,000! Other problem areas included cafeteria trays (33,800), water faucets (32,000) and computer keyboards (3,300).
Another study published in the Journal of School Nursing in 2009 explored the effectiveness of using disinfecting wipes daily in school classrooms to reduce the number of infections. In that study, they found that the water fountain handle and the pencil sharpener were two of the most contaminated items in the classrooms, while the sink faucet, desktops and paper towel dispenser most often tested positive for Norovirus and Influenza A virus.
School districts throughout our country carry the profoundly important responsibility of providing the finest and most comprehensive education possible to their students. But no matter how critical it is to offer cutting-edge academics, it cannot compare to the weight school officials carry when it comes to the health and safety of their students. Schools try their best to protect well being of their students, but are usually cleaning with traditional and antiquated methods. Spraying and wiping is a temporary and inadequate fix—not to mention, toxic in most cases.
Our Dry Fog Vapor Process
Our dry fog process is safe, non-toxic and leaves every inch of the area sterilized. We use a sterilization solution, an EPA approved and registered sporicidal, that is released as a dry fog vapor into the targeted area that completely kills all viruses, bacteria, vegetative bacteria, mold, mold spores and odors safely, efficiently and cost effectively. Our process leaves zero residues and is totally safe on all surfaces—including sports equipment, computers, clothing and furniture.
Contact us for more information on our dry fog decontamination process—the most innovative, cutting-edge technology used today to sterilize and eradicate pathogens in an environment. Let us show you how we can guarantee a cleaner and safer educational setting for your students.