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Hand-Washing Information

You’ve been told to do so ever since you were a child, but just how important is washing your hands? Believe it or not, regular hand washing is one of the most essential factors for maintaining good health, and that’s why it’s important to know the significance of hand washing.

Everyone (especially college students) comes into contact with germs and bacteria in their daily life. These dangerous microorganisms are present everywhere, on places such as door knobs, faucets, light switches, railings, etc. We touch these things during the school day without much consideration and then we touch our faces, eyes, noses and food that we eat. While performing these acts, the germs and bacteria get into the body and have the potential to cause several diseases.

It’s important to wash your hands BEFORE
  • preparing food
  • eating
  • you treat a scrape or cut
  • you take care of someone who is sick
  • touching young infants and children
It’s important to wash your hands AFTER
  • you eat
  • using the restroom at home or at any public place
  • visiting a patient at the hospital
  • touching pets
  • collecting and throwing out garbage
  • sneezing, coughing, and blowing your nose
Wash your hands well: It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3 !*

     1) Wet your hands with warm, running water, and apply a liquid or clean bar of soap. If using a bar soap, keep it in a soap dish that allows it to drain.
    2) Rub your hands together for 10 to 15 seconds, about as long as it takes you to sing “Happy Birthday.” Work up a good lather. Wash in between your fingers and under your nails.
    3) Rinse well and dry your hands using a clean paper towel. Germs can hide inside a cloth towel. Use the paper towel to turn off the faucet handle and open the bathroom door.

*HealthSource October 2004