It's National Hand Washing Awareness Week, and that means that you should practice proper hand washing tips to avoid spreading germs this cold season! If you want to prevent yourself and your family from getting sick, learn these important rules for keeping your hands clean and free of germs.
- Wash your hands before and after preparing foods, when caring for a sick or injured person, and every time you cough or sneeze to help prevent the spread of germs and bacteria.
- Use warm or hot water to wash hands, as this helps to kill germs better than cold water.
- Wet your hands first, and then lather with an antibacterial soap all over the front and back of your hands. Rub vigorously for at least 20 seconds, taking care to reach in between the fingers and on the fingernails.
- Rinse your hands well to remove any soap residue and germs.
- Dry your hands using a clean, sanitary towel or hand dryer. If you're in a public restroom that only has reuseable towels, give your hands a good shake to air dry instead of using the communal towel.
- If possible, turn off any public faucets with your elbow or wrist to avoid re-contaminating your hands after washing.
- Carry an antibacterial hand sanitizer or wipes with you any time you go out in public. Give your hands a quick cleaning after shaking hands, using door handles, or shopping in a store.