UVC Air and Surface Disinfection Lamps In Use
The City of Kirkwood has placed into service three portable UVC Lights to aid in the disinfection of our facilities. This is one of the proactive steps we are taking to mitigate the spread of mold, bacteria and viruses in light of concerns regarding COVID-19. They are currently in use at all of our Fire Stations, and there will be one available to use for other City facilities. Offices and meeting rooms in City Hall were treated this morning and beginning next week, the City Council Chamber will undergo a UVC light treatment the morning following any public meetings.
What is UVC Lighting & How Does It Work?
UVC lighting is a simple and effective way to curb bacterial and viral growths. Specialized lamps produce an ultraviolet (UV) light that disrupts growth and deactivates existing growths, aiding in the disinfection of surfaces, water and more. UVC Lighting disinfects by using short-wavelength ultraviolet light to kill or inactivate microorganisms by destroying and disrupting their DNA. Light in the UVC wavelength can be used for disinfecting hospitals, sterilizing surfaces, destroying harmful micro-organisms in food products and in air.
Is it Safe?
Yes. Devices of this type are approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, and are commercially available. There is limited risk while the devices are in use. We do not use the lights in the presence of residents or staff. Our lights come with a timer that allows the device to be set, and the device operator is given sufficient time to exit the room before it activates.
Where Else is UVC Lighting Used?
UVC Lighting is used in hospitals, some schools, and businesses in the hospitality industry such as hotels. It is most commonly used to sterilize surgical equipment.
Pictured Above: Deputy Fire Chief Dave Smith disinfecting unoccupied Administration Offices in City Hall.