Washing our hands – we tend to take this simple procedure for granted but realize frequent and thorough handwashing is important.
Tell the truth, how many of you watch food handlers when they are in the restroom with you to see if they really wash their hands before they go back to the food prep line?
We all do!
But how many of us don’t wash up ourselves or insist that our children wash up after visiting the bathroom?
Detective Foodsafe® wants to share the message of what can happen to us all when we aren’t vigilant about handwashing or don’t use the proper technique!
Consequences of Failure to Wash Hands
It’s not just failure to wash our hands, but also not washing them correctly that can lead to health consequences for us, no matter our age.
Diseases are known to spread when we don’t keep our hands clean. This simple procedure we may overlook is the best way to prevent the spread of germs.
Detective Foodsafe has learned from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that when we wash our hands:
- 1 out of 3 children can be protected from getting diarrhea each year.
- 1 out of 5 children can be protected from pneumonia.
- We reduce the rate of respiratory illness such as colds by 16-21%.
- Using soap is more effective at killing germs than just water.
- Did you know that 1.8 million children under 5 worldwide die from diarrhea and pneumonia?
- Germs spread to our hands after we use the restroom, change a diaper, handle raw meat and poultry, cough or sneeze, or handle an object after someone touches it with contaminated hands.
- Germs spread when we touch our face, nose, hands and mouth or even when we drink a beverage.
When To Wash Hands
There are specific times that you should always wash your hands.
It will become a habit once you begin doing it regularly.
You should wash your hands properly:
after using the toilet
after changing diaper
before, during and after preparing food
between handling raw and cooked or ready-to-eat food
after using a tissue or handkerchief, whenever you touch your face, nose or hair
before and after attending to sick children or other family members
after handling trash
after working in the garden
after handling animals or their belongings
How to Wash Your Hands
Detective Foodsafe encourages us all to wash our hands thoroughly.
It is important to wet, lather, scrub, rinse and then dry your hands for at least 20 seconds.
Here is a video “Fight Germs Wash Your Hands!” from the CDC that shows us all how to do it well.
Teaching your children the importance of good handwashing will help them steer clear of illness causing germs.
Food safety and health are in your hands!