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‘Tis the season for shopping! According to ShopperTrak, this week will be the highest sales volume week of the year, culminating with Saturday, aka “Super Saturday”, being among the five busiest shopping days of the season. With all these shoppers stopping every now and then to grab a drink or bite to eat, you’re sure to stumble upon a line at the restroom. And we all know that a long restroom line means a dirty and messy bathroom experience. So, here are some tips to stay clean and healthy during your holiday shopping expedition: 1. Carry sanitizer in your bag. Use it every time you think of it, especially before and after entering the restroom. 2. Use the toilet covers that are provided. If there aren’t any, use toilet paper to cover the seat before sitting. (If all else fails, squat!) 3. Flush the toilet with your foot to avoid touching the germs on the handle. 4. Use plenty of soap, lather well, and rub vigorously for about 20 seconds before rinsing, advises the Mayo Clinic. 5. Use a towel to turn off the faucet, unless it turns off automatically. 6. Dry your hands completely with an air dryer or paper towel. Hopefully they are automatic so that you don’t have to touch them with clean hands. 7. Try not to touch the door on the way out. If you do, grab that handy little sanitizer that you put in your bag. If you’re going out to battle the masses this weekend, stay safe and we wish you the best in finding that “perfect gift”.
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We’ve all done it at one time or another…dropped something in the portable potty! The question is, who has actually fished it out? Thankfully, I have not dropped anything in there that has been of value so I’ve left it. I don’t think I could bring myself to dig it out, so I have made a rule for myself: what drops in the porta potty, stays in the porta potty…no matter what! I have heard horror stories of keys, cell phones, watches, wallets and other things falling into the portable toilet. Unfortunately for some of the “victims”, they had to find a way to get their belongings out. I have heard of sticks, hangers, bubble gum, even bare hands being used to try to dig out the item. It might not be so bad if there wasn’t a huge drop, such a large basin, or rotting waste piled high. Somehow, dropping something in a regular toilet doesn’t seem quite as traumatic. If there’s no other option, such as an indoor restroom or a restroom trailer where you can place your valuable items safely on a shelf or hang your bag on a hook, next time you go into a porta potty make sure to keep them out of range of the big bad basin. You’ll be a lot happier!
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When it comes to the common portable potty, dirty and unhygienic is what comes to mind. Washing hands after using the restroom, is especially important due to the vast amount of germs; however, porta potties never seem to help the cause since there are no sinks or running water. Last year, a toddler and several others that attended the North Carolina State Fair ended up in the hospital with life threatening illnesses due to bacteria they had on their hands. Research from the Tork Green Hygiene Council shows that 85% of adults do not wash their hands after using a public restroom. People that do not wash their hands after being in a public place are at higher risk for serious illness. Not only is hand washing important after using the restroom, but also after touching public things, before and after handling food, or shaking someone’s hand. It is necessary to wash away harmful germs and bacteria in order to stay healthy. In order to prevent unnecessary spreading of diseases in public places, such as the fair in North Carolina, portable restrooms that contain sinks with running water and an adequate amount of soap are essential. Even if there are other restrooms in the facility, supplying more portable restrooms to provide additional sinks to wash hands and avoid long lines will ensure that the guests (and ultimately you) have plenty of opportunity to stay sanitary and healthy. Imagine where the germs on someone’s hands that didn’t wash after coming out of a porta potty go… rides, games, food??
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Spring Break is right around the corner, and that means many of us will enjoy a few days away from the cold, lying on the beach in the sun, sipping a frozen drink topped with fruit and an umbrella. The only thing that could possibly ruin this ideal vacation would be ending up stuck in your hotel room, nursing a bad stomach illness. It's happened to all of us at one time or another… and we usually blame it on something we ate. But according to a new study just published in Epidemiology, that stomach ache may actually have been caused by the sand you were just laying on. The study found E. coli bacteria and concentrations of sewage on several beaches they studied, and flow up studies on beaches across the country resulted in the same findings. After interviewing nearly 5,000 beachgoers, they found that people digging in the sand were more likely to suffer from gastrointestinal distress one day after going to the beach, than those people who kept their hands out of the sand. Does that mean you shouldn't dig in the sand when you're at the beach? Not at all. You can still build those epic sand castles… just make sure to wash your hands right after you put the final flag in the tallest turret. And while a rinsing may help to reduce risk of developing an illness, the best way, according to the researchers, is a good scrubbing with soap and clean water. Can't find a restroom on the beach? Look for a portable restroom trailer. Our portable toilets are stationed at many beaches across the country, and most feature hot water, which is even more effective at killing those illness causing bacteria. Meaning you can spend more time on the beach, and less time in the hotel room, chugging Pepto.