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Health

Will County Health Dept. touts correct handwashing

JOLIET – Will County Health Department Environmental Health Director Tom Casey said that 365 days a year, there are two basic facts.

“Washing your hands is one of the easiest things for an individual to do,” Casey said. “But at the same time, it’s one of the hardest things to enforce and make sure others do it right.”

Casey said use warm water with soap, scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds (yes, it is true that singing “Happy Birthday” or some other chosen song to yourself can help!), and then rinse with more warm water.

He then said the safe, correct way is to dry your hands with a paper towel, and then also to use that paper towel to shut off the faucet.

“If you don’t have one of those sensor faucets that starts and stops by itself, you need to remember that the faucet was touched by dirty hands,” Casey said in a news release. “And you should also use the paper towel to turn the doorknob or push the door when you leave the rest room, as that’s also been touched by dirty hands.”

Remember to wash when “changing tasks,” he said.

“If you are in the kitchen, and what you are doing changes,” Casey said in the release, “then you need to wash your hands again. It could be you were working with raw meat, but now you are working with ready-to-eat salad ingredients. Or if you take out some trash or recycling, or especially if the dog or cat passes through the room and you pet them. All of those are changes in task.”

For information, go to https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/index.html.

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