Friday, February 18, 2011

Free Get Ready fact sheets spread the message about hand-washing

Never underestimate the power of hand-washing when it comes to preventing disease. In fact, washing your hands is the best thing you can do to prevent the spread of germs and infections. It’s so simple and easy to do.

Yet according to a 2010 study, only 85 percent of adults wash their hands after visiting a public restroom. Only 39 percent say they always wash their hands after coughing or sneezing. With this in mind, APHA’s Get Ready campaign has created free, easy-to-read fact sheets to help you spread the message about the importance of hand-washing.

The fact sheets, which are available in both English and Spanish, include

general hand-washing facts,

information for parents and caregivers,

tips for teachers and day cares,

read-along facts for preschoolers, and

advice for kids.

Here are some quick tips to keep in mind: Wash your when preparing food and before eating. You should also wash them after touching animals and using the bathroom, as well as when you’re around somebody who’s sick. Remember to use warm water and soap. Rub your hands together well and scrub all surfaces for at least 20 seconds before rinsing under warm running water. It’s that simple!

To learn more about hand-washing, visit the Get Ready hand-washing page. Download and print the fact sheets and share them with those you care about!

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