How to Wash your Hands

October 16, 2014 Cheryl Smith Awareness and Prevention, Children's Health, Disease Prevention, Men's Health, Women's Health

With flu season around the corner and all of the talk of spreadable disease it is very important to wash your hands!  Washing your hands is the single most important thing you can do to prevent the spread of many types of illness and infections.  Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another.

  • Wet your hands with warm running water.
  • Apply soap.
  • Lather the soap and rub your hands together with the soap. (Be sure to lather your entire hand including between your fingers, under your nails, wrists and the backs of your hands)
  • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds.
  • Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  • Dry your hands using a clean paper towel and turn off the water (If there is not a towel available, use your forearm to turn off the faucet and use an air dryer)

    If soap and water is not available then you may use waterless hand sanitizer until you can wash your hands properly.  Hand sanitizer is not a substitute for hand washing.

When dealing with any blood or bodily fluids make sure to use universal precautions.  Always treat all blood and bodily fluids as though it is potentially infectious and protect yourselves by using personal protection equipment such as gloves, gown, mask and face shields.


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