It seems like the cold season is already upon us. How can you keep yourself healthy during the winter months? By keeping your hands clean through good hand hygiene. This is one of the most important steps you can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.
Use soap and water when available. Soap and water is the best way to prevent the spread of germs. If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol to clean hands.
When should you wash your hands?
· Before eating food
· After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
· After touching garbage
· After using the toilet
Generally, I think we all know how to wash our hands. But just in case you forget be sure to scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice. Also, don’t forget to scrub under your nails.
If you don’t have access to soap and water hand sanitizer is next best.
How do you use hand sanitizers?
· Apply the product to the palm of one hand (read the label to learn the correct amount).
· Rub your hands together.
· Rub the product over all surfaces of your hands and fingers until your hands are dry.
I hope these tips help to keep you healthy during this busy time of year.