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Did you know that there is an easy way to reduce your chances of getting a cold, the flu, diarrhea, infections, some life threating diseases, and even some other not-so-nice things?  By following 3 simple steps, you can help stop the germs that can make you and others sick.

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1. Wash Your Hands. Soap graphic

Proper handwashing is the single most important thing you can do to avoid getting sick or passing on your germs. While we may think we know the facts about handwashing, most of us do not know when or even how to wash our hands correctly. Lets review...

When to Wash Your Hands...

  • Before and after you eat.
  • Before, during, and after preparing food.
  • After touching a pet or cleaning up after them.
  • After using the restroom.
  • After caring for someone who is sick.
  • After changing a diaper.
  • After handling trash and any other potentially germy object or surface.
  • After you cough or sneeze.

How to Wash Your Hands...

hand graphicWET your hands under warm running water, apply soap.
RUB your hands with soap under warm running water.
SCRUB your hands for a count of twenty seconds (the time it takes to sing “Happy Birthday”). Pay special attention to your fingernails.
DRY your hands with a paper towel. Turn off the faucet and open the door using a paper towel instead of your clean hands.

If you don’t have access to soap and water, a 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be an effective way to help reduce the spread of germs.


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