Friday, September 14, 2007

spt - national clean hands week

edited to add (for all you *rule breakers*): my original intent was to post an spt featuring you extolling the virtues of keeping hands clean. so that might be an spt of you, of you and your littles, of you showcasing a place where it might be important to wash your hands, etc., etc. have fun!! (and, as always, your personal spin on the topic is always welcomed!)

i come from a family of public health promoters. so i couldn't pass up the opportunity for an "spt public service announcement."

september 16 - 22 is national clean hands week!! according to the CDC,

"Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. It is best to wash your hands with soap and clean running water for 20 seconds. However, if soap and clean water are not available, use an alcohol-based product to clean your hands. Alcohol-based hand rubs significantly reduce the number of germs on skin and are fast acting.

When washing hands with soap and water:
Wet your hands with clean running water and apply soap. Use warm water if it is available.
Rub hands together to make a lather and scrub all surfaces.
Continue rubbing hands for 20 seconds. Need a timer? Imagine singing "Happy Birthday" twice through to a friend!
Rinse hands well under running water
Dry your hands using a paper towel or air dryer. If possible, use your paper towel to turn off the faucet

Remember: If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based gel to clean hands.

When using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer:
Apply product to the palm of one hand
Rub hands together
Rub the product over all surfaces of hands and fingers until hands are dry.

When should you wash your hands?
Before preparing or eating food
After going to the bathroom
After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has gone to the bathroom
Before and after tending to someone who is sick
After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
After handling an animal or animal waste
After handling garbage
Before and after treating a cut or wound"

go here to learn some fun ways to get everyone around you to wash their hands!

do your family a public service, and spend some time promoting clean hands this week!!


Jenny said...

Hmmm does this mean we need to photo ourselves in public rest rooms? Should be interesting.

Kelly A. said...

National Clean Hands week, that's hilarious. Which week is National throw all decorum out the window and do whatever the heck you want week?

Can't wait for that one!

carlo said...

I am a dork, pls be patient with me.

Does this mean we do our own spt PA of sorts or one specifically for Clean Hands Week?

(not sure why I am asking since I usually bend the rules, anyway)

Jill said...

Now this is a campaign I can definitely get behind! I'm always saying "Did you wash your hands?"

Anonymous said...

This is hilarious- I love it. You are brilliant!

michelle said...

It is a question I am constantly asking of my kids (except Eva, she asks to wash her hands 10 times a day). I'm totally cracking up over Kelly's comment!

kristi brooke said...

i am with carlo for two things.
not sure why i am asking either since i always seem to break the rules, but do we do a spt on washing hands or our our own service announement.

donna said...

OK, this will be interesting.!

Tiffanie said...

so great...I am a wee bit of a germ-a-phobe...this should be fun!

kristi brooke said...

ok thanks for the added info for those of us who are a little slow, like me.
i will start thinking.

Neighbor Jane Payne said...

Lelly, You come up with the best SPT ideas. Thanks, they are great...I would NEVER reveal this much stuff about myself without them.