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Hand Washing

Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. When kids come into contact with germs, they can unknowingly become infected simply by touching their eyes, nose or mouth. And once they’re infected, it’s usually just a matter of time before the whole family comes down with the same illness.

How to Wash:
  • Wet your hands with clean running water and apply soap. Warm water is best if available.
  • Rub hands together to make a lather. Make sure to cover all surfaces of the hands and wrists (including between fingers and under the nails).
  • Continue rubbing hands for 20 seconds. That is the same time it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice!
  • Rinse hands well under running water.
  • Dry hands using a paper towel or air dryer. If possible, use your paper towel to turn off the faucet.

When to wash?
  • Before AND after handling/eating food
  • After going to the restroom
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After handling an animal or animal waste
  • After being outside (playing, gardening, etc.)