Today’s post is by Troy Lowe; Vice President of Development at SafeSourcing.
When you are out driving to work and running errands you might be thinking about what you should be doing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within your vehicle. Should you be wearing gloves, maybe wearing a mask, or keep the widows rolled up to prevent the entry of the virus. Well according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) you should be doing this one thing to protect yourself. Make sure that you crack the windows of the vehicle to ensure fresh air is entering the vehicles cabin. Because this is an airborne virus you would think that leaving the windows closed would help contaminated air from entering the vehicle. But according to the CDC it is just the opposite. By improving the ventilation within your vehicle, it will help reduce the risk of transmission. Studies have found that closed environments are around 18 times greater than open air environments. So the more fresh air that you let in the better it will be for the enclosed environment because it will help prevent contaminated particles on the surfaces of your vehicle from entering your mouth, nose or eyes. When you keep the widows closed, the particles are trapped within the cabin and each time someone coughs the particles build up. By just cracking one window approximately 3 inches can keep the interior well ventilated. The CDC also says that it is safe to run the vehicle’s air conditioning as long as you set it to non-recirculation mode. When this setting is on, the system does not recirculate the interior air but pulls in air from outside of the vehicle. Below are some other precautions you can take to keep your vehicle safe.
- Keep windows cracked or open between drives.
- Be extra careful of what you are touching when filling up.
- Wash or disinfect your hands before touching the interior.
- Limit the number of passengers.
- Disinfect high touch areas frequently.
If you are looking to purchase any protective personal equipment and would like help researching available options, feel free to contact SafeSourcing. We can gather all the necessary information for you and help you decide which one meets your needs. If you would like more information on how SafeSourcing can help you, please contact a SafeSourcing Customer Service representative. We have an entire team ready to assist you today.