Crews at Ardmore City Schools working to sanitize buildings

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ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) - "(As) far as all the area schools going out and with our numbers going up so fast, it's probably the worst I've seen," Chris Kennedy said.

Director of operations Chris Kennedy says their crew uses electrostatic sprayers to kill the germs - lowering the risk of spreading infection.

They purchased the equipment last year.

"A lot of your disinfects take about 10 to 12 minutes to kill," Kennedy said. "This puts out a 2-minute kill."

Kennedy says his crew is spending the next few days disinfecting each of Ardmore's 7 school buildings.

"Our goal is to be finished midnight by Friday night," Kennedy said.

Kennedy says they're spraying everything down from libraries to classrooms - focusing on flat surfaces and those commonly touched like handrails and under desks.

"Whenever a child uses the computer lab here, they don't pull themselves from the top here," Kennedy demonstrated. "They pull from the bottom and that's what is important. (The spray) actually wraps around and kills any type of flu or anything like underneath the surfaces," Kennedy said.

According to the National Institutes of Health, both influenza A and B viruses are infectious for 24 to 48 hours on hard non-porous surfaces and up to 8 to 12 hours on cloth, paper, and tissues.

Health officials urge you to practice good hygiene to help stop the germs from spreading.

They recommend using hand sanitizers that contain at least 60% alcohol.

When you're washing your hands make sure you use soap and scrub for at least 20 seconds, dry your hands with paper towel and use that towel to turn off the faucet then immediately throw it away.

Kennedy says he hopes the deep sanitization and the time kids and staff have to rest up will decrease the number of absences due to flu-related illnesses.

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