It’s that time of year again! As we all begin to celebrate holidays this winter, it’s more important than ever to make sure hand hygiene remains at the top of our lists. December 1 – 7 this year is National Handwashing Awareness Week, and we are planning to have some fun with it this year. Yesterday, today, and tomorrow. we’ll be posting brief articles with interesting “Did You Knows” about why it’s important to wash your hands. On Thursday, Mel is spending some time at a local elementary school to create a number of Handwashing Superheroes out of the grade 4/5 students she’ll be spending time with. And on Friday we’ll wrap up the week with some of the images and items that come out of Mel’s day with the students on Thursday.
Tuesday’s “Did You Knows”:
- There are approximately 50,000 germs/bacteria on every square inch of your skin (not all of it is bad!)
- An industrial worker will wash his or her hands approximately 1,100 times per year, at work alone – that’s 5 times per work day!
- Teaching your children the proper length of time to wash their hands is simple; sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice all the way through to do a thorough job.
- In an 80-year lifespan, you will wash your hands about 145,000 times.
Be sure to check back every day this week for more information!