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Hand Washing 101

Seems simple, but there are tips that make hand washing more effective according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.

Follow these five steps every time.

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. 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.

When should you wash your hands?

-Before, during, and after preparing food
-Before eating food
-Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea
-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 handling pet food or pet treats
-After touching garbage


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