- Infection control experts advise that generally, hand-washing is the single most effective way to prevent the spread of bacteria and viruses which cause infectious disease
- Hand-washing is a simple and effective choice that everyone can make multiple times a day. Hand sanitizers supplement is good, but do not replace hand-washing with soap and water.
WHAT IS THE RIGHT WAY TO WASH YOUR HANDS?
It takes about 40 – 60 seconds to wash hands effectively. Follow these simple steps:
- 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
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 touching garbage
Good hygiene practices must become a habit.
Choose Hand-Washing today and everyday…Choose Health!
The power is in your hands!