Hand Washing for Health

No matter the time of year we are always susceptible to colds and flu.

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 someone 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 later the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails
  • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds
  • Rinse your hands well under clean running water
  • Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them
Inspired by:
everyday health.com

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