Keeping my Food Safe

How to properly wash your hands

  • Wet your hands with clean, running water and apply soap.
  • Rub them together to make a lather and scrub them well; be sure to scrub the backs of hands, between fingers, and under nails.
  • Continue rubbing for at least 20 seconds. Sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice to time yourself!
  • Rinse hands well under running water.
  • Dry your hands using a paper towel or an air dryer.

When to wash your hands

  • Before you prepare food, handle clean utensils, or clean cooking equipment.
  • After touching your face, hair, nose, etc.
  • After using the toilet room.
  • After caring for or handling animals.
  • After coughing, sneezing, using a handkerchief or disposable tissue, using tobacco, eating, or drinking.
  • After handling dirty utensils or cooking equipment.
  • When switching from handling raw foods to foods that are ready to eat.

​Resources

Handwashing Poster

Hand Washing Poster from FDA's Fight Bac! Website

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