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Helpful Hand Washing Tips & Reminders

5/7/2020 (Permalink)

hands Hand washing helps prevent the unnecessary spread of germs

With the COVID-19 pandemic being at the front of most of our minds, SERVPRO of Western Lancaster thought this would be a good time for hand washing tips and reminders! The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends a 5-step hand washing protocol: 

1. Wet

Turn on the tap and wet your hands with warm or cold water.

2. Lather

With the tap running, apply soap and lather by rubbing your hands together. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your fingernails.


3. Scrub

Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. An easy way to time this is by singing “Happy Birthday” twice.

4. Rinse

Rinse your hands under clean, running water.  We recommend facing your fingers toward the bottom of the sink. Leave water running.

5. Dry

Dry your hands by using a clean towel. Use the towel to turn the tap off when done.

When to Wash Your Hands:

  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • Before and after eating food
  • Before and after caring for someone who is sick
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After going to the grocery store
  • After using the bathroom
  • After pumping gas
  • After sneezing, coughing, or blowing your nose
  • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
  • After touching garbage
  • When your hands are visibly dirty

Helpful Tip: In most cases, if soap and water are not available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. If your hands are visibly dirty please use soap and water.

- Your friendly neighborhood SERVPRO

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