Handwashing Awareness

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As part of National Handwashing Awareness Week, we are reminding people that something as simple as washing your hands is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others. It’s quick, easy, and can protect from sickness.

Wash your hands often during these key times to stay healthy:

  • Before, during, and after preparing food

  • Before eating food

  • Before and after caring for someone sick

  • Before and after treating a cut or wound’

  • After using the restroom

  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the restroom

  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing

  • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste

  • After touching garbage

And following these five easy handwashing steps:

  1. WET your hands with clean, warm running water, and apply liquid soap or use clean bar soap.

  2. LATHER your hands by rubbing them together. Be sure to get the backs of your hands, wrists, between your fingers, and under your fingernails.

  3. SCRUB your hands for at least 20 seconds. Historically, people only wash their hands for six seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song twice.

  4. RINSE your hands well under clean, warm running water until all the soap and suds are gone.

  5. DRY your hands using a clean towel or air dry them. Use a towel to then turn off the faucet.

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