It’s completely understandable that people are having second thoughts about going to a gas station for a gas pump where service attendants have been operating during the COVID-19 global pandemic. Just like door handles, hand railings, or elevator buttons, gasoline pumps have been touched by different service attendants over a short period of time. And just like most public places, there are some new rules in play.
To lighten the worriedness, the general public should know that c-stores and gasoline service stations are taking extraordinary measures to keep people safe while they visit these essential businesses.
But it all boils down to what we are doing in this situation. In order to flatten the curve and defeat the virus, we must all do our part.
Advice for Retailers
There are ways of solutions for cleaning and disinfecting high touch surfaces. However, some chemicals are too harsh and can damage fuel dispensers.
The preferred method that is easy to do is clean the dispenser with soap and water and disinfect it by wiping 70% isopropyl alcohol on the dispenser. Make sure to leave it on for at least 20 seconds and then rinse with water using a bucket and a sponge. Never use a sprayer or pressure washer.
On the alternative method, clean the dispenser with soap and water and disinfect it by wiping a bleach solution on the dispenser. Again, never use a sprayer or pressure washer.
To prepare a bleach solution:
- 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water or
- 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water
- If the bleach to water ratio is greater than this, damage to the dispenser may occur
Advice for Consumers
Operators are taking unprecedented steps to make their businesses safe for consumers. As for consumers, wearing a face mask and face shield is a must when going to gasoline stations or talking to service attendants, similar treatment to grocery stores, or any other establishments.
Same with retailers, consumers must have all the necessary disinfectant equipment to prevent containing the virus. Hand sanitizers, disinfectant wipes, and alcohol are mandatory at all times. Keeping the distance when talking to service attendants is important to practice.
It does highlight the critical role gasoline stations play and will continue to play in our global society. As we go back to our usual errands, following the ‘new normal’ situation, it will take time for us to get used by this practice. A simple reminder to keep in mind at all times: stay safe and stay healthy.
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