TriCounty Health Reminds People to Wash Their Hands

The winter months keep us inside more which makes it easier for diseases to be spread. TriCounty Health wants to remind people that hand washing is one of the most important things we can do to prevent illness. The CDC tells us that we should wash our hands in the following situations; before, during, and after preparing food, before eating food, before and after caring for someone who is sick, 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 and after touching garbage. Wash hand by scrubbing wet hands with soap in clean running water. If soap and water are not available then the use of an alcohol based hand sanitizer is just as effective (make sure the alcohol content is at least 60%). Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds, the friction of this action is what has been proven to clean our hands. To make sure that you go for 20 seconds hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice. Rinse your hands thoroughly. Lastly dry your hands with a clean towel or air dry.

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Kristin Baldwin

Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.