A 2015 survey conducted by NACS found that on average, 40 million Americans fill up their gas tanks every day. If you aren’t in Oregon or New Jersey, this means customers are responsible for getting out of the car and pumping the gas themselves. No big deal, right?
Those gas pump handles might seem harmless, but research conducted by Kimberly-Clark says 71 percent of them are “highly-contaminated,” meaning they’re covered with microbes that are linked to illness and disease. That’s not all, though. A similar study found that on average, gas pumps have 11,000 times more bacteria than the average household toilet seat. Now that’s startling!
As the owner of a gas station, it’s important that you take steps to keep your customers safe. You may not be able to prevent microbes and bacteria from collecting in the first place, but you can offer your customers a place to wash-up. Here are a few simple suggestions:
Set-up hand sanitizer dispensers next to pumps. Affixing a hand sanitizer dispenser to each of your gas pumps is an easy way to encourage your customers to stay hygienic.
Keep bathrooms stocked. One of the biggest complaints gas station owners face is a lack of hand soap or paper towels. Stock your bathroom with both at all times and make sure to keep the sink, floors, and stalls clean.
Remind customers that gas pumps are dirty. Educate your customers about the risk of germs by sharing fun facts or statistics. If your clients know their hands are dirty, they’re more likely to wash up after they’re done filling up.