Hand Washing 101*

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 or animal waste
-After handling pet food or pet treats
-After touching garbage
What is the right way to wash your hands?
-Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold) and apply soap.
-Rub your hands together to make a lather and scrub them well; be sure to scrub the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
-Continue rubbing 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 running water.
-Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
* Hand washing: Clean Hands Save Lives , highlight and click on open hyperlink http://www.cdc.gov/features/handwashing/


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