Wash your hands but don’t touch that switch later

The greatest advice to the current issues with coronavirus, or at least any kind of contagious diseases, is to wash your hands.  However, you can wash your hands but don’t touch that switch after you’re done.  Easier said that done.  Recent experiments from the common folk shows that people touch their faces about 5,000 times a day.  So we shouldn’t be touching light switches or any kind of switches for that matter where potentially many people may have been in contact with.

For example, if you want to use the bathroom, before entering it’s most likely that you would turn the lights on first.  Then go in do what you need to do, then wash your hands and leave but to only touch the switch that could have been in contact with the virus from the beginning.  This applies to any room and switches as well.  By clean the light switches with a wet cloth / liquid you risk electrocution, so please don’t do that.

So, how does one fix this?  The answer would be home automation (even if it’s for the office).

Don’t touch that!
This cluster of switches are: top left : light switches. one is for the vanity lights, and the other is for the ceiling lights. Top right is the water heater. Bottom is the Philips Hue switch for the lights.

From the image above you can see that this is what you see at the bathroom entrance.  You will also see that I taped off the bathroom light switches.  I did this because I installed a Philips Hue Motion Sensor in the bathroom to turn on and off the lights automatically.  You can read why I had to put in an additional home automation switch HERE, and also how I set up the motion sensor HERE.

Philips Hue Motion Sensor
With this setup you can automate the light switches in 2 ways:
  1. It turns on the lights when motion is detected in the bathroom.  Then turns off when no motion is detected after a specific amount of time.  I set mine to 5 minutes and that seem to be the ideal amount of time.
  2. Use the motion sensor’s light meter to set it to turn when it gets dark.  No matter what time of the day as it could get dark during a storm.

This way, and I’m sure you can come up with other methods, helps you to wash your hands but don’t touch that switch later.  This also apply to any other appliance or devices too.  Anyway, stay safe and healthy.  Wash your hands often.