Tired of wiping down your car’s interior out of fear the COVID-19 virus might be laying in wait for you to come into contact with it? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. But there has to be a more efficient way to disinfect a car cabin, right?
Well, there is. In some countries, ambulances are commonly disinfected by way of ultraviolet light, with some vehicles even coming installed with UV lamps for this exact purpose. Emergency vehicle manufacturer Frazer did work for the San Antonio Fire Department earlier this month, mounting UV disinfection lamps on the ceilings of 18 of its vehicles.
The lamp used—the ADU-136 UV-C Ait and Surface Disinfection Lamp by EA Medical—kills germs and helps prevents the spread of viruses like the flu, the company says. It lasts 9,000 hours, uses Philips germicidal tubes which are supposedly easy to replace, and comes with a disinfection timer and welded lamp guard for extra durability.
San Antonio fire engineer William Shannon Weeks, though, says his department acquired the tech to battle more serious sicknesses like Ebola. “Our administration really looked at the UV light as able to get into the different cracks and crevices as well as something we can reliably use throughout our units,” he said.
Oh, by the way, you can’t switch UV lamps on inside vehicles that have occupants—it’s harmful to our skin. We wonder if any local ambulance units use the same kind of tech.