Hand washing guide

Why is hand hygiene so important?

The most common way germs are spread is by people’s hands. Germs are often harmless but they can also cause illnesses such as colds, flu, and tummy bugs. 🤒

Washing your hands properly with soap and warm water is the single most important thing you can do to help reduce the spread of infections and help protect you, your family and those around you.

It is vitally important that all children are made aware of the importance and benefits of washing their hands properly.

Encouraging children to wash their hands at appropriate times will help to ensure that this practice becomes a lifelong habit.


How to wash your hands

It takes at least fifteen seconds to wash your hands properly – this is about how long it takes to sing ‘Happy Birthday to You’ twice through!

Encourage children to wash their hands by showing them how to do it, and by setting them a good example

To see the correct way of washing your hands, please see the steps outlined in the poster below