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Fact Sheet: How to be Safe Around Animals

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KNOW THE FACTS! 

HOW TO BE SAFE AROUND ANIMALS

 

KNOW

Know that animals carry germs that can make people sick

Never eat, drink, or put things into your mouth in animal areas

Older adults, pregnant women, and young children should be extra careful around animals

Wash your hands with soap and water right after visiting the animal area. Use alcohol-
based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available

 

WHEN

Always Wash Hands:

  • After touching animals or their living area
  • After leaving the animal area
  • After taking off dirty clothes or shoes
  • After going to the bathroom
  • Before preparing foods, eating, or drinking

 

HOW

  • Wet your hands with clean, running water
  • Apply soap
  • Rub hands together to make a lather and scrub well, including backs of hands, between fingers and under fingernails
  • Rub hands at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice
  • Rinse hands
  • Dry hands using a clean paper  towel or air dry them.  Do NOT dry hands on  clothing.

 

Download a printable version of this fact sheet here.

 

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