Deadly stuff, carbon monoxide.
You can’t see it, you can’t smell it, but you don’t take chances. So like a lot of careful people, you fit a carbon monoxide alarm.
But you don’t have a GERM ALARM do you?
Same thing, you can’t see them, you can’t taste them, but they’re there in their billions – all the time, every day – and every bit as deadly as carbon monoxide.
But what do they say?
Ignorance is bliss, right?
Because any room is full of germs and we’re quite happy to walk in without checking.
Or worse, let our kids do it. Thirty children in one classroom – with goodness knows what kind of bugs they’re exposed to.
Of course, we don’t really need an alarm.
Viruses and bacteria are ALWAYS there. It’s their natural environment. Just as it’s their natural behaviour to try to invade our bodies and do us down.
So what do we do about it?
A spray of room freshener perhaps? A quick wipe-down with Dettol?
Not exactly the best defence against norovirus, or e. coli – or whatever bug some other kids might have brought back from holiday. Malaria, yellow fever – in some parts of the world they’ve even got polio.
And you can die from pretty well any of them. Or more accurately, your kids can.
But there is a defence against a room full of germs. A totally effective one too.
You see, one thing that no virus or bacteria can survive is being oxidised. Having extra oxygen atoms shoved at them so their cell structure is ripped apart.
And here’s the clever bit. Spray a room with hydrogen peroxide that’s been ionised, and it naturally reaches up and out, dispersing everywhere – through the air, into cracks and crevices – drawn there electrostatically in a mist that’s lighter than water.
It’s naturally drawn to germs too. Latching onto them the same way a magnet grabs iron filings.
Which means they’re gone – over skedover.
The room is sterilised and your children are safe. All for about the same cost as a cup of coffee and a sticky bun. Rescued from germs every day – by a machine about the size of a wheelie bin, that does the job in twenty minutes.
If you get stuck or have an emergency, there’s a handbag-size ammonium chloride aerosol that does the same job in about the same time.
A bit under-powered alongside hydrogen peroxide, but it clobbers the germs and very effectively. All you do is press the button and leave the room.
Slightly more effective than a carbon monoxide alarm.
It gets rid of the hazard instead of squawking without doing anything.
The Health & Safety people would be proud of you.
But not as much as you are of course, with your kids running round, glowing with health.
Still scared of germs? A very wise attitude.
It’s a big world out there, full of germs, pathogens, microorganisms – whatever you want to call them. And there’s a squeezillion, susquetrillion, megamillion more where those came from
But at least you know it’s safe where your kids are.
Originally posted 2014-09-22 11:03:08.