Hand Washing Awareness Week
National Hand Washing Awareness Week is December 1-7, 2013. Hand washing is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of illness and infections.
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 bathroom
- After changing diapers
- After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
- After touching garbage
How should you wash your hands?
- Wet your hands with clean running water and apply soap
- Rub your hands together for at least 20 seconds creating a lather (sing “Happy Birthday” song in your head twice)
- Remember to scrub the palm of your hands, the back of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails
- Rinse your hands under running water
- Dry your hands using a clean paper towel and use the same towel to turn off the faucet
If no soap and water are available, you may use an alcohol based hand-sanitizer that has 60% alcohol. Hand sanitizers are a good way to remove germs but they do not eliminate all types of germs.
How should you use a hand-sanitizer?
- Apply product in the appropriate amount (according to label) to the palm of one hand
- Rub hands together vigorously making sure to rub the product over all the surfaces of your hands and fingers
This holiday season, make sure to spread cheer and not germs. The risk of being exposed to infectious germs rises with the seasonal change in weather and influx of visitors during this joyous time of year. Remember to practice safe hand washing techniques to keep you and family healthy and happy during this holiday season. For more information about safe hand washing practices please visit:
Holiday Food Safety
Holidays are a time of year filled with family, friends, festivities and food! It’s also a time to focus on food safety.
This holiday season, prevent food borne illness by making food safety a family tradition.
- Don't keep food out of refrigeration for more than two hours.
- Use a meat thermometer to cook turkey to the proper temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Cook holiday hams and pork roasts to 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Boil gravy before serving.
- Don't dip into raw cookie dough; bake holiday treats before eating them.
- Properly defrost your turkey: thaw in the refrigerator, and allocate 24 hour per 5 pounds.
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Wash all fresh produce under running water.
- Clean and disinfect kitchen counters, cutting boards, sponges, and knives.
- Use only pasteurized eggs and cheese.
- Hand Hygiene: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/FM/FM18700.pdf
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