How to Avoid Coronavirus When Pumping Gas
While staying at home means many of us aren’t driving as much, but we still need gas to get around. This brings up the big question, how can we pump gas in a safe way and protect ourselves from the Coronavirus?
First and foremost is come to the gas station prepared. This is where everyday preparation can come in handy. Keep protective gear and supplies so that whenever you go out, whether for gas or groceries, you’ll be ready. Here are a few items to keep on hand:
- Face masks
- Hand sanitizer
- Disinfectant (Spray or Wipes)
Wear your personal protective equipment. Make sure to put on your gloves and cloth face covering before exiting your car.
Disinfect the pump before using it. Take your disinfecting wipes or spray and sanitize the keypad, pump handle and any other surface you plan you come in contact with. Make sure to follow the product instructions for disinfection. You often need to keep the surface wet using the product for a certain period of time in order for the disinfectant to actually kill the virus. The Environmental Protection Agency provides a list of cleaner rated to kill the Coronavirus.
Remember to either disinfect your gloves or remove them before getting back in your car after you finish pumping. Viruses the many have come in contact with your gloves while filling up the tank can be transferred onto and into your car if you don’t take this step. Once remove use hand sanitizer or wash your hands as soon as possible.
Maintain Social Distancing:
When you are at the station make sure to adhere to current social distancing practices. Keep at least 6ft between you and anyone else. How can you do this? Pay at the pump instead of entering there the store whether. Entering the enclosed space of a store may mean being exposed to more people increasing the potential of coming in contact with the virus. Chose to fill up during off-hours. Try to avoid busy times at the station to minimize contact with others.
Use self-service options. Using an attendant means putting your trust in the fact that they may or may not have procedures in place to disinfect surfaces between each transaction as well as exposing yourself to close personal contact. Self-service gives you more control over your level of exposure. Having a gas attendant pump your gas only adds an extra point of contact.
Prepare today the Cascadia way!