What is one of the most
important things you can
do to fight food
poisoning? Here are a
• It takes only 20 seconds (if you do it the right way).
• It requires only 3 ingredients.
• Anyone can do it, even very young children.
The answer is:
Over and over again, studies have shown
that handwashing is one of the most effective
ways to prevent the spread of many types of
infections and illnesses - including foodborne
When to Wash Hands?
• After using the bathroom.
• After changing a diaper.
• After touching animals or animal waste.
• Before and after preparing food, especially raw meat,
poultry or fish.
• Before eating.
• After coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
• Before and after treating wounds or cuts.
• Before and after touching a sick or injured person.
• After handling garbage.
• Before inserting or removing contact lenses.
• When using public restrooms, such as those in airports,
train stations, bus stations, and restaurants.
• After touching any dirty surface.
FACT: One out of three people do not wash
their hands after using the restroom.
Wash your hands after you go to the
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) estimates that every year, more than 164
million school days are lost due to illness.
Many of those illnesses could have been avoided
if children had washed their hands correctly.
When You Wash Your
Hands the Right Way…
• It takes only 20 seconds
• Requires only three ingredients:
1. Running water
3. Something to dry your hands
(a hand dryer or clean towel).
is one of the
steps in food
What About Hand Sanitizers?
Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to reduce
the number of germs on them.
If soap and water are not available,
use a hand sanitizer.
Important: Hand sanitizers are
not effective if your hands are visibly
Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can
quickly reduce the number of germs
on hands in some situations, but
sanitizers do not eliminate all types
Always use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that
contains at least 60% alcohol.
Here’s how to use hand sanitizer properly:
• Apply the product to the palm of one hand.
• Rub your hands together.
• Rub the product over all surfaces
of your hands and fingers until your
hands are dry.
Put Your Hands Together
Click on “start” to view a 3:38 minute video by the CDC.