Monday, April 14, 2014

Make Handwashing a Habit with Safeguard Germ Alarm

For so many times, I witnessed several people  who just  go ahead of their cravings and   eat right away  without washing their  hands.    Imagine the millions of bacteria they just injected to their bodies and the  diseases they could  cause. Worst is, these communicable diseases could pass on to friends and  all members of  the family.

It is quite alarming that many of us are not giving attention to this.  We can do a big change or control the diseases to spread  by  just washing our hands!

Look at the photo below that  I just spotted in one fast food chain. This is the Safeguard Germ Alarm  especially invented  to tackle the issue of germs in public restrooms. Alarms were initially installed  in McDonald’s branches around Metro Manila, schools and offices. It alerted more than 10,000 people to wash their hands after using public toilets.

I'm glad that DOH, Unicef and other NGOs  have been very active in promoting  hand washing.   They launched Global Hand Washing Day,  co-founded by P&G,  to promote the life-saving habit of  handwashing with soap.

As a parent it is my responsibility  to teach my children  about  hand washing from an early age.  In that way,  I know that my children will be protected  even when I am not around to remind them.   I always  make sure we use only a soap that kills  99.9%  of germs that cause illnesses such as diarrhea, cough, colds and pneumonia  and  I trust only Safeguard for this.

How  Safeguard Germ Alarm works.

The Safeguard Germ Alarm  will alarm a person  who  use  the toilet and will  only  stop  once  the soap dispenser  is  pressed.

Here are some tips  to wash hands properly.

1.   Wet your hands.
2.   Apply enough soap.
3.   Rub your hands palm to palm with fingers interlaced.
4.   Rinse hands with water.
5.   Dry thoroughly with hand dryer or single use towel.

According to a  research study  by Michigan State University,  only 5 percent of  people who used the bathroom washed their hands long enough to kill the germs that can cause infections.  Also,  33 percent didn’t use soap and 10 percent didn’t wash their hands at all.

Please check out the video that I embed here from YouTube.

Kudos to P&G for inventing this simple gadget,  the  Safeguard Alarm Soap.  I  hope    this  hand washing  that started  with  Germ Alarm  becomes our  lifelong habit.  This is so easy to accomplish and with this,  we can make a big difference for  a healthier life.


  1. I so agree not everyone who goes to the bathroom wash hands it is a habit that we all should start at home really

  2. i don't know if my comment went to spam... I hope hindi sya na spam..

  3. very nice things to do to prevent sickness and germs to everyone!! indeed a habit everyone should imply

  4. Handwashing should really be a habit because it prevents transfer of germs and deadly diseases

  5. Handwashing should really be a habit because it prevents transfer of germs and deadly diseases

  6. Handwashing should really be a habit because it prevents transfer of germs and deadly diseases

  7. We should really make hand washing as a habit. I hope P&G will install more hand washing gadget in public toilets so that it will be available to more people.

  8. Great gadget! It promotes hygiene to all who will use the CR.

  9. this is really cool! I hope more establishments will include safeguard alarm on their washing area :)

  10. What a brilliant idea from Safeguard! With the Safeguard Germ Alarm, many people will be reminded to wash their hands after using the toilet and help them avoid getting sick.


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