DECEMBER 2 - 8 IS NATIONAL
HAND WASHING AWARENESS WEEK
Hand washing is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from getting sick. Washing your hands is easy, and it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community.
When should you wash your hands?
You can help yourself and others stay healthy by washing your hands often, especially during these key times when germs are likely to get on your hands and can easily spread to others:
- 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 touching garbage
- After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
- After touching an animal
What is the right way to wash your hands?
Follow the five steps below to wash your hands the right way every time.
- Wet your hands with clean, running water, 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.
For additional information, or if your school or company is interested in scheduling a Glo-Germ presentation contact the Office of Community Health at (630) 483-5665 or email email@example.com