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Educational Materials

     Hand Washing Brochure (pdf) 

     Hand Washing Poster (8 1/2 x 11) (pdf) 

     Hand Washing Fact Sheet (pdf) 


Keeping hands clean through improved hand hygiene is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Many diseases and conditions are spread by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water. 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, during and after preparing food

  Before eating food

  Before and after caring for someone who is sick

  Before and after treating a cut or wound

  After using the toilet

  After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet

  After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing

   After touching an animal, animal feed or animal waste

  After handling pet food or pet treats

  After touching garbage 

How should you wash your hands?

  Wet your hands with clean, running water, turn off the tap 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.

  Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.

  Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them. 

For additional information on hand washing:

     Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives (CDC)