Healthy habits can protect everyone from getting germs or spreading germs at home, school, or work. Simple actions, like covering your mouth and nose and cleaning your hands often, can stop germs, prevent illnesses and reduce sick days.
Clean Hands Save Lives
Keeping hands clean is one of the most important ways to prevent the spread of infection and illness. Handwashing is a simple thing and it’s the best way to prevent infection and illness. Clean hands prevent infections. Keeping hands clean prevents illness at home, at school, and at work. Hand hygiene practices are key prevention tools in healthcare settings, in daycare facilities, in schools and public institutions, and for the safety of our food. Handwashing can prevent infection and illness from spreading from family member to family member and, sometimes, throughout a community. The basic rule is to wash hands before preparing food and after handling uncooked meat and poultry, before eating, after changing diapers, after coughing, sneezing, or blowing one’s nose into a tissue, after using the bathroom, and after touching animals or anything in the animal’s environment.
Wash Your Hands: The Right Way
- Wet your hands with clean running water and apply soap. Use warm water if it is available.
- Rub hands together to make a lather and scrub all surfaces.
- Continue rubbing hands for 15-20 seconds. Need a timer? Imagine singing “Happy Birthday” twice through to a friend.
- Rinse hands well under running water.
- Dry your hands using a paper towel or air dryer. If possible, use your paper towel to turn off the faucet.
- Always use soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
- Apply product to the palm of one hand.
- Rub hands together.
- Rub the product over all surfaces of hands and fingers until hands are dry.
- Hand Washing Poster
- Sarge: Wash Your Paws Soldier! (11X17)
- Sarge: Wash Your Paws Soldier! (8.5X11)
- How to Use the Bathroom (11X17)
- Listen to Your Mother! (11X17)
- Listen to Your Mother! (8.5X11)
- Revolt: Wash Your Hands for Freedom! (11X17)
- Be a Germ Buster! (8.5X11)
- Be a Germ Buster! (4 color 11X17)
- Be a Germ Buster! (2 color 11X17)
- Henry the Hand Educational Materials
Cover Your Cough/Clean Your Hands
It’s a SNAP Toolkit: Handwashing
Handwashing materials. Part of It’s A SNAP program aimed at preventing school absenteeism. From the School Network for Absenteeism Prevention, a collaborative project of the CDC, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Soap and Detergent Association
CDC Hand Hygiene Brochure
“Hand Hygiene Saves Lives: A Patient’s Guide” from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.