December Observances – from HHS

Kids washing hands.

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The US Department of Health & Human Services posted on their site a couple of observances for the month of December. .




December 5th – 11th is National Handwashing Awareness Week.  Keeping your hands clean is one of the most important steps to staying healthy, especially during the cold and flu season.  Here are some great tips to keep in mind when hand-washing:

  • Wet your hands with clean running water and apply soap. Use warm water if it is available.
  • Have trouble telling how long to scrub?  Try humming the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end, twice.
  • Rinse hands completely.
  • Try using your paper towel to turn off the faucet.

When should you wash your hands?

  • Before and after preparing food
  • Before and after eating food
  • After using the toilet
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing

For more tips visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


December is also Safe Toys and Gifts Month

Learn how to keep your family safe when giving and receiving gifts and toys.  You can find information on recalls and product safety by visiting US Consumer Product Safety Commission.



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