Hands Up - Important Hand Washing Facts You Should Know

How many times during the day do you thoroughly wash your hands? Truthfully, it brings me great joy to see foamy lather being rinsed away by nice warm water. As an educator, I learned early in my career the wellness value of hand washing. Now, as a parent, knowing that my hands, and my kids' hands are clean is our first line of defense for avoiding communal germs and sickness collected along the way. Most illnesses and health conditions are spread around by not properly washing hands with soap and running water. 

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Important Hand Washing Facts You Should Know


Did you know 95% of people don't know how to wash their hands properly? According to Dr. Tania Dempsey MD of Armonk Integrative Medicine, "If everyone washed their hands with soap regularly, one million deaths could be prevented every year." 


When Should We Wash Our Hands?


- Before, During, and After Preparing Food
- Before Eating Food
- Before and After Caring for Someone Who is Sick
- Before and After Treating a Cut or Wound
- After Using the Toilet
- After Changing Diapers or Cleaning Up a Child Who has Used the Toilet
- After Blowing Your Nose, Coughing, or Sneezing
- After Touching an Animal, Animal Feed, or Animal Waste
- After Handling Pet Food or Pet Treats
- After Touching Garbage


How Should We Wash Our 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.

Did you know that October 15th is National Hand Washing Day? Hand washing is of such significance to our health and wellness a day is designated to emphasizing the importance of proper and sufficient hand washing technique.


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