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Safety Topic:  Handwashing

Washing your hands is an important step to help prevent the spread of germs and avoid getting sick.  The following steps are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for washing your hands:

  1. Wet hour hands with clean, running water – apply soap.
  2. Lather the soap by rubbing your hands together and make sure to lather soap onto the back of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  3. Scrub for at least 20 seconds.  A good way to make sure you wash for 20 seconds is to sing “Happy Birthday” twice.
  4. Rinse your hands using clean, running water and be sure to get all the soap off.
  5. Dry your hands – use a clean towel or air dry them.

Source: CDC

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