September is National Preparedness Month. It is also our annual Prepare Kansas online challenge. Prepare Kansas 2016 will provide tips on keeping food safe in emergency situations. This year’s program will be conducted through the K-State Research and Extension Facebook page. No registration is required, so Kansans and anyone interested in planning ahead for emergencies can follow on Facebook and this blog at any time during September, pick up handy information and interact with K-State extension specialists and agents. This Blog Extra! post is written by Londa Nwadike, State Extension Consumer Food Safety Specialist for Kansas and Missouri.
Handwashing is very important for our health, and is especially important after touching foods that have been contaminated with flood water. Some researchers estimate that handwashing reduces the number of people who get sick with diarrhea by 31%. The following steps should be taken to wash hands properly:
- Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap and apply soap.
- Lather your hands (including the backs of your hands, between your. fingers, and under your nails) by rubbing them together with the soap.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds.
- Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or air drying.