How To Wash Your Hands Properly

Avoid getting sick and getting patients around you sick by properly washing hands. The Centers for Disease Control recommends cleaning your hands and using hand sanitizer to prevent the spread of germs.


Proper Hand Washing Technique


1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.

2. 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.


3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the "Happy Birthday" song from beginning to end twice.


4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.


5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.


Please remember to wash you hands before, during, and after preparing food. Before and after caring for someone sick, treating a wound, after using the toilet, changing diapers or cleaning, blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, after touching an animal or handling pet food, and after touching garbage.


If soap and water is not available please use hand sanitizer.  The hand sanitizer has to contain at least 60% alcohol. Sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of germs on hands in many situations but are NOT as effective as hand washing. Made sure to rub the gel over all the surfaces of your hands and fingers until your hands are dry for at least 20 seconds.


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