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.
Hand washing with soap removes germs from hands. This helps prevent infections because:
People frequently touch their eyes, nose, and mouth without even realising it. Germs can get into the body through the eyes, nose and mouth and make us sick.
Germs from unwashed hands can get into foods and drinks while people prepare or consume them. Germs can multiply in some types of foods or drinks, under certain conditions, and make people sick.
Germs from unwashed hands can be transferred to other objects, like handrails, table tops, or toys, and then transferred to another person’s hands.
Removing germs through hand washing therefore helps prevent everyone getting sick.
When do we need to wash our hands?
You can help yourself and your loved ones stay healthy by washing your hands often, especially during these key times when you are likely to get and spread germs:
When you arrive at school.
After break time.
After you have been in a public place and touched an item or surface that may be frequently touched by other people, such as door handles, tables, surfaces etc.
Before eating food.
Before touching your eyes, nose, or mouth because that’s how germs enter our bodies.
Before and after treating a cut or wound.
After using the toilet.
After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
After handling pet food or pet treats.
After touching rubbish.
When you leave school.
How long do we wash our hands for?
We wash our hands for 20 seconds or for Happy Birthday sung twice.
How do we wash our hands?
Follow these simple Steps to Wash Your Hands the Right Way. Washing your hands is easy, and it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs.
Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community—from your home and school.
Follow these steps every time.
Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
Hand washing Quiz!
1.Why do we need to wash our hands? Give two examples.
2. When do we need to wash our hands? Give three examples.
3. How long do we need to wash our hands for?
4. What song can we sing when we wash our hands?
5. How do we wash our hands? Show me by making a video or show an adult at home.