December is National Handwashing Awareness Month
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Hand hygiene through proper hand washing with soap and running water or using an alcohol based rubbing hand sanitizer are the most important steps in avoiding becoming sick and spreading germs to others! Say NO! to germs and wash your hands!

 

WHEN SHOULD YOU WASH YOUR HANDS?

  •  Before, during, and after preparing food
  •  Before eating food
  • Before and after caring for someone who is sick
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After using the toilet
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
  • After handling pet food or pet treats
  • After touching garbage

HOW SHOULD YOU WASH YOUR HANDS?

  • Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  • Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the "Happy Birthday" song from beginning to end twice.
  • Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  • Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
 

WHAT TO DO IN THOSE TIMES YOU DON’T HAVE SOAP & RUNNING WATER?

Of course, hand washing with soap and water is always the BEST way to reduce germs, but there are times that one or the other just isn’t available. What to do?

Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of germs on hands in some situations, but sanitizers do not eliminate all types of germs and might not remove harmful chemicals.

Hand sanitizers are not as effective when hands are visibly dirty or greasy.

 

HOW DO YOU USE HAND SANITIZERS?

  • Apply the product to the palm of one hand (read the label to learn the correct amount).
  • Rub your hands together.
  • Rub the product over all surfaces of your hands and fingers until your hands are dry.
 

Reference:   http://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/when-how-handwashing.html