Are You Washing Your Hands the Right Way?

Did you know that 95 percent of people don’t wash their hands correctly? According to research, 23 percent of people observed only wet their hands and 10.3 percent didn’t even wash their hands upon leaving a restroom.

Nobody wants to get sick and washing your hands is a top line of defense. Colds can be transferred through everyday items, including doorknobs, telephones and keyboards. This is because when people cough and sneeze, germs are spread easily.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number-one way to reduce the spread of germs is by washing your hands regularly.

It is also important to wash your hands after touching garbage, caring for someone who may be ill and when you sneeze, cough or blow your nose.

Here are steps on how to properly wash your hands, according to the CDC:

  • Wet your hands with clean water (warm or cold), turn off the tap (to help save water) and apply soap.
  • Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. An excellent way to help time this step is to hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  • Rinse your hands well under clean water to remove the soap.
  • Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

For more information on hand washing safety, go to cdc.gov.

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