National Hand Washing Awareness Week!

Did you know that the first week in December is designated as National Hand Washing Awareness Week? How great would it be if you or your family never got sick? If we could avoid getting the flu, the common cold, strep throat and more.

Follow the principles of hand awareness, and safe guard you and your families from getting sick. In the long run, doing so will help to reduce visits to the doctor and lower your medical costs.


The Four Principles of Hand Awareness:

  1. Wash you hands BEFORE eating and when they are dirty
  2. DO NOT cough into your hands
  3. DO NOT sneeze into your hands
  4. Most importantly DO NOT put your fingers into your eyes, mouth or nose.


When should we wash our hands?

  1. After we use the restroom
  2. Before, during and after preparing food
  3. Before we eat food
  4. After blowing our noses, sneezing or coughing
  5. After touching an animal or animal feed


The best way to wash your hands is to follow these steps: 

  1. Turn on the water and wet your hands with running water. Turn off the water and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with soap, while making sure to lather the backs of your hands, in between your fingers and under your fingernails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. If you are not sure how long 20 seconds is, sing the ‘Happy Birthday’ song twice.
  4. Rinse your hands well under tap water.
  5. Dry your hands with a clean towel or air-dry them.


Carry hand sanitizer with you.

Ideally, it is best to wash our hands with soap. When this is not possible, an alcohol based hand sanitizer is the next line of defense.  Check the product label to make sure the hand sanitizer contains at least 60% alcohol. Make sure the hand sanitizer dries completely on your hands.

When you are able to gain access to running water and soap, its best to wash your hands again.