Posted on Mar 26, 2020

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Clean Hands Can Save Lives
Handwashing prevents illness and stops the spread of germs. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, handwashing can prevent about 20% of cold and flu cases.

When are some key times to wash your hands?
· When preparing food
· Before eating
· Before & after first aid
· After using the restroom
· After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
· After handling pet food or waste
· After touching garbage

What are the 5 steps for proper handwashing?
· Wet hands with clean, running water (hot or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
· Lather hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather backs of hands, between fingers, and under fingernails.
· Scrub hands for at least 20 seconds. (No timer? Hum the “happy birthday” song from beginning to end twice.)
· Rinse hands well under clean, running water.
· Dry hands using a clean towel or allow them to air dry.

How can I encourage my kids to wash their hands?
· Teach them the 5 steps listed above. Try making up a silly song to make it more fun.
· Remind them to wash their hands at the key times listed above until it becomes a habit.
· Lead by example—wash your hands!
· Pro tip: baby wipes make hands look clean, but they are not made to remove germs.

Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to get rid of germs, but if soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that has at least 60% alcohol.
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