Regular handwashing is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others.
The World Health Organisation says hand washing is the single most important thing everyone can do to keep themselves healthy.
To help promote the importance of regular handwashing Canterbury DHB has been given permission by Italian artist Guido Daniele to use his ‘Handimals’ artwork. Thanks Guido!
As well as being eye-catching, the graphics are a fun way to remind us all to clean our hands. We know that clean hands save lives.
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 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 handling pet food or pet treats
After touching garbage
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. Be sure to 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.
Reference: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention