Washing your hands helps prevents infection.  Understanding when to wash your hands is very important and also getting your children into this habit.  So to prevent sickness and illness wash your hands on a regular basis.  You only need soap and water if you don’t have use of water use an alcohol based hand sanitizer.

When to Wash your Hands
Throughout the day we are susceptible to germs as we go about our day touching things and people.  You can then infect yourself by touching your ears, nose and mouth.  By washing your hands regularly you limit your chances of transferring viruses and bacteria.

Always wash your hands before:

Dealing with food, either making it or eating it.
Cleaning and treating wounds, dealing with the sick and elderly.
Putting in or taking out your contact lenses.

Always wash your hands after:

Preparing food, particularly poultry and fish.
Going to the toilet, clearing up pet toilet or changing a nappy.
Touching your pet or any animal including it’s toys and lead.
Blowing your nose, sneezing or coughing into your hands.
Dealing with contaminated items or chemicals.
Handling waste material.

Always wash your hands if they are grubby and dirty.

How To Wash Your Hands
Wet your hands all over under the warm running tap.
Using liquid or bar soap, apply and lather up.
Rub your hands vigorously together making sure you cover every area including wrists, palms tops, between fingers and under nails.
Thoroughly dry your hands with a clean towel, paper towel or airdryer.

Antibacterial soap is not a substitute and is not as effective as soap but is a good alternative when you do not have the use of water.




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