Handwashing Fun

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Handwashing Can Be A Family Activity

Washing hands can be a fun activity for kids, even your little ones. Handwashing allows parents and their children to grow closer by having fun and becoming more healthy. Once children learn to was their hands they often encourage their parents and siblings to wash hands.

Parents can help keep their families healthy by:

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1. Teaching them good handwashing technique
2. Reminding their kids to wash their hands
3. Washing their own hands with their kids

Improving Health

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•Handwashing education in the community:
      ‣Reduces the number of people who get sick with diarrhea by 31%
      ‣Reduces diarrheal illness in people with weakened immune systems by 58%
      ‣Reduces respiratory illnesses, like colds, in the general population by 21%
•Researchers in London estimate that if everyone routinely washed their hands, a million deaths a year could be prevented.
•A large percentage of foodborne disease outbreaks are spread by contaminated hands. Appropriate hand washing practices can reduce the risk of foodborne illness and other infections.

Saving Time and Money

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Handwashing is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick and spreading illness to others.
  •Reducing illness increases productivity due to:
       ‣Less time spent at the doctor’s office
       ‣More time spent at work or school

When to wash hands:

•Before, during, and after preparing food •After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
•Before eating food •After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
•Before and after caring for someone who is sick •After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
•Before and after treating a cut or wound •After handling pet food or pet treats
•After using the toilet •After touching garbage

 

How to Wash Hands

1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.

2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.

3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.

4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.

5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

Despite the knowledge of how important it is to wash hands many do not do so. A study showed only 31% of men and 65% of women wash their hands after using a public restroom. Spread the awareness.



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