Freshen Up Your Hand-washing skills

11/15/2018

Cold and flu season are just around the corner, which makes this the perfect time to remind people of the importance of washing their hands. Keeping hands clean through proper hand hygiene is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading our germs to others.

“Washing your hands may seem simple, but doing it frequently and properly is key,” says Kathryn Stewart, R.N., B.S.N., director of quality and infection prevention at AGH.

Be sure to wash your hands at these crucial times:

  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • Before and after eating
  • Before and after taking care of someone who’s sick
  • After using the restroom
  • After changing a diaper or helping a child with using the toilet
  • After handling garbage
  • After touching an animal, pet food, or animal waste

 Always follow these steps when washing your hands:
  1. Wet your hands with water. It doesn’t matter if it’s warm or cold.
  2. Apply soap and rub your hands together, fronts and backs, for at least 20 seconds.
  3. Rinse and dry your hands.

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