Hands can be dangerous - keep them clean!

Wednesday September 23, 2015

​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.

​​Handwashing - the "do-it-yourself" vaccine

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

How should you wash your hands?

  • 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

Page last reviewed: 23 September 2015