How’s Your Hand Hygiene?

How’s Your Hand Hygiene?

Did you know that washing your hands is the most effective tool that you and your family have against getting sick this winter. You can greatly reduce your chance of getting the flu, a cold, or another illness by using proper hand hygiene. Washing your hands keeps you from getting germs from others and spreading them.

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Wash Your Hands with Warm Water and Soap

How to wash your hands:

  1. Use warm water and soap.
  2. Lather up, keeping your fingers pointed down, and rub for about 20 seconds.
  3. Don’t forget to rub in between your fingers and under your nails.
  4. Dry your hands using a paper towel or a clean towel.
  5. Shut the water off with your paper towel.
  6. Open the door with the paper towel.

The reason that you should use the paper towel to shut the water off and to open the door is because you have just cleaned your hands and the faucet knobs and the doorknob have been touched by other hands which are probably dirty.

In public restrooms, most doors can be opened just by pushing. If you don’t have the paper towel then push with your arm or elbow to open the door.

You may also want to wash your nostrils with the warm water and soap. If you wash your hands and touch your nose without thinking, you can also pick up some more germs. Also, staff infection is carried by some people in their nostrils. Soap works to wash germs away.

If soap and warm water are not available, then use hand sanitizers. These antimicrobial preparations are available for purchase at grocery stores or pharmacies.

How to use a hand sanitizer:

  1. Apply enough of the hand sanitizer to cover all the surfaces of you hands.
  2. Rub your hands together and be sure to cover all of the surfaces of your hands and fingers.
  3. Rub until all of the hand sanitizer is absorbed.

Remind all of your family members to wash their hands with warm water and soap on a regular basis. Then your family may not get sick as much.

Author: ParentingUncle

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