Handwashing Awareness

Handwashing is so important, now more than ever. Washing your hands helps prevent the spread of germs and infections from one person to the next. Amid flu season and the pandemic, it’s important to review the basics of handwashing and when to wash!


  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea
  • 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

During the COVID-19 pandemic, you should also clean hands:

  • After you have been in a public place and touched an item or surface that may be frequently touched by other people, such as door handles, tables, gas pumps, shopping carts, or electronic cashier registers/screens, etc.
  • Before touching your eyes, nose, or mouth because that’s how germs enter our bodies.

For more information, please visit the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/when-how-handwashing.html