Clean Hands Save Lives
From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Many diseases and conditions are spread by not washing hands with soap and clean, preferably warm, running water. However, if soap and clean water are not accessible, as is common in many parts of the world, use soap and available water or an alcohol-based product containing at least 60 percent alcohol to clean hands.
Tips and Instructions
When washing hands with soap and water:
· Wet your hands with clean running water and apply soap. Use warm water if it is available.
· Rub hands together to make a lather and scrub all surfaces.
· Continue rubbing hands for 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the "Happy Birthday" song from beginning to end twice.
· Rinse hands well under running water.
· Dry your hands using a paper towel or air dryer. If possible, use your paper towel to turn off the faucet.
When should you wash your hands?
· Before and after preparing food
· Before and after eating food
· After using the toilet
· After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
· Before and after tending to someone who is sick
· 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
Remember: If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based gel (at least 60 percent alcohol) to clean hands.
When using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer:
· Apply product to the palm of one hand, using the amount of product indicated on the label or enough to moisten both hands.
· Briskly rub hands together.
Rub the product over all surfaces of hands and fingers until hands are dry, about 15-30 seconds.