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May 15, 2012
What's Lurking at the Gas Pump

If you're like most Americans, you feel a distinct twinge of anxiety whenever you reach for the gas pump. Why? Well, you know how much more you're paying for gas than ever before. The thought of money flying out of your wallet sends shivers down your spine, as well it should. But, did you know that there could be another reason to fear the inevitable need to refuel?

A 2011 Kimberly-Clark Professional study found that more than 60 percent of gas pump handles may be highly contaminated – potentially exposing you to nasty bacteria that can lead to serious illness. Researchers tested the gas pump handles in high-traffic areas for Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP), which is present in all types of bacteria. Any surface with an ATP reading of 300 or higher is considered to be at high risk for transmitting illness – and about 60 percent of the handles tested had an ATP reading of 300 or higher.

Now, just imagine running errands on one of your busiest days. After a long day of running around, you realize your gas light is on – so, you swing into the gas station to refuel. You stop in at the mart to pay for your gas and pick up a bag of chips (after all, you haven’t had time to eat anything all day). Then, you finish fueling up, get back in the car and open up that bag of chips.

Knowing what you know now, here is where you might be cringing.

Yes, you are not only shoveling chips, but potentially harmful bacteria into your mouth. Later on, you feel a tickle in your throat, but attribute it to the stress of the day. It’s been a long one, so you draw a warm bath and retire for the evening.

Fast forward to two days later and you’re completely out of commission.  You have a pounding headache and feel like you have golf ball lodged in your throat.

You’ve been infected with the streptococcal (strep) bacteria.

Was this bacterium on the gas pump handle? It’s definitely possible. That’s why it’s always a good idea to use a powerful hand sanitizer after fueling up.

But you should also know that it’s not just gas pumps: It’s mailbox handles, escalator rails and ATM buttons. It’s anything that anyone has touched before you.

The good news is that you can protect yourself with TopSani Hand Sanitizer.

TopSani creates a lasting anti-bacterial protection that will keep your skin safe from germs for up to 4+ hours, so you don’t have to continually lather on the hand sanitizer in order to be protected. And unlike alcohol-based sanitizers, germs can't build up resistance to TopSani.

So, now you have one less reason to cringe when you reach for the gas pump (or mailbox handle, or escalator railing… you get the picture).