Are You Tired of getting sick?  Hand-washing is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from getting sick.

Hand-washing is easy to do and it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of many types of infection and illness in all settings—from your home and workplace to child care facilities and hospitals. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community .

When should you wash your hands?

Feces (poop) from people or animals is an important sources of germs. A single gram of human feces—which is about the weight of a paper clip—can contain one trillion germs. Help stop the spread of germs by washing your hands often, especially during key times listed below.

Why is it so important to wash your hands?
Keeping hands clean 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.

Washing hands
Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds.

Hand sanitizer
If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

■ 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 touching garbage

What is the right way to wash your hands?

Follow the five steps below to wash your hands the right way every time.

1. Wet your hands with clean, running
water (warm or cold), turn off the
tap, and apply soap.

2. 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.

3. Scrub your hands for at least 20
seconds. Need a timer? Hum the
“Happy Birthday” song from
beginning to end twice.
4. Rinse your hands well under clean,
running water.

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

Material taken from the Center for Disease Control

http://www.cdc.gov/features/handwashing/