Global Handwashing Day began back in 2008 to focus on school children that were most at risk for bacterial diseases that can be transferred through unwashed hands. That being said, I happen to know a lot of people who do not wash their hands after doing basic things like using the washroom or handling uncooked meat. So, it is for those people that I write this blog.
- Before, during and after preparing food, especially when handling raw meats.
- Before eating food.
- Before and after caring for someone who is sick.
- 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 garbage.
- Wet your hands with clean running water (warm or cold) and apply soap.
- Rub your hands together to make lather and scrub them well; be sure to scrub the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
- Continue rubbing your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
- Rinse your hands well under running water.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry.
Handwashing lessons are now over. You may continue to your regularly scheduled program. Please leave your comments below. Thank you!
- The Power is in your hands – Global Handwashing Day (dietitianwithoutborders.wordpress.com)
- Oct. 15 – Global Handwashing Day (watchmelearnandgrow.wordpress.com)