This information has been reviewed and adapted for use in South Carolina by P.H. Schmutz, HGIC Food Safety Specialist, and E.H. Hoyle, Extension Food Safety Specialist, Clemson University. (New 11/07.)
Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Washing hands with soap and clean, warm, running water for 20 seconds is the best way. However, if soap and clean water are not available, use an alcohol-based product to clean your hands.
For more information on keeping hands and foods safe, see HGIC 3500, Basics of Safe Food Handling.
For ideas on teaching children about keeping hands clean to avoid germs, see HGIC 3607, Teaching Children About Food Safety.
1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC). Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives. www.cdc.gov/handwashing/
2. Henry the Hand Foundation. Henry the Hand Champion Handwasher. http://www.henrythehand.com/
3. The Soap and Detergent Association. Hand Hygiene. http://www.cleaning101.com/HandHygiene/index.cfm#education
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