National Handwashing AwarenessIf your child has been in the Health Office this school year, they may have told you one of my favorite signature lines..."Go wash your hands!"Washing your hands for 20 seconds is the best way to prevent germs and illnesses from spreading!Please review with your children the following:
To wash hands properly, wet the hands with water and rub them with soap for twenty seconds. Warm water works well, but cold water is sufficient enough to wash germs from the oils on the skin. Soapy water should reach all the surfaces of the hands, including between the fingers, the palms, and the tops of the hands. The scrubbing action and the soap helps break up and remove germs. After the hands are rinsed thoroughly, a paper towel can be used to turn off the faucet to keep hands clean. Remind your children that they should dry their hands with a clean towel or paper towel, not with their clothing. If washing in a public restroom, the same paper towel can be used to open the door. Doorknobs and handles are usually contaminated with many germs!Bacteria are often transferred from hard surfaces such as countertops, desks, faucets and telephones via hands. Please wash these surfaces often to stop the spread of germs.