Friday, December 03, 2010

Clean Hands Save Lives!

  • It is best to wash your hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds.
  • When water is not available, use alcohol-based products (sanitizers).
  • Wash hands before preparing or eating food and after going to the bathroom.
  • Keeping your hands clean helps you avoid getting sick.

When should you wash your hands?

  • Before preparing or eating food
  • After going to the bathroom
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has gone to the bathroom
  • Before and after caring for someone who is sick
  • After handling uncooked foods, particularly raw meat, poultry, or fish
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After handling an animal or animal waste
  • After handling garbage
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After handling items contaminated by flood water or sewage
  • When your hands are visible dirty

Using alcohol-based sanitizers

  • Apply product to the palm of one hand.
  • Rub hands together.
  • Rub product over all surfaces of hands and fingers until hands are dry.
  • Note: the volume needed to reduce the number of germs varies by product.

Washing with soap and water

  • Place your hands together under water (warm if possible).
  • Rub your hands together for at least 20 seconds (with soap if possible).
  • Wash your hands thoroughly, including wrists, palms, back of hands, and under the fingernails.
  • Clean the dirt from under fingernails
  • Rinse the soap from your hands.
  • Dry your hands completely with a clean towel if possible (this helps remove the germs), However, if towels are not available it is okay to air dry your hands.
  • Pat your skin rather than rubbing to avoid chapping and cracking.
  • If you use a disposable towel, throw it in the trash.

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