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From the Archives: Handwashing

This post was written by Londa Nwadike, State Extension Consumer Food Safety Specialist for Kansas and Missouri. It was originally published in September 2016

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.

Traveling during the holidays?

Are you traveling by car during the holidays? Before you hit the road, take a few minutes to get prepared. Do these things:

The Ready Campaign is a national public service campaign designed to educate and empower the American people to prepare for, respond to and mitigate emergencies, including natural and man-made disasters. The goal of the campaign is to promote preparedness through public involvement. Many campaign resources are available at Many of them are available in languages other than English. Access a drop-down menu of languages at the top right hand corner of the web page.


Disasters happen. #BeReady #PrepareNow

If a natural disaster or other emergency strikes, are you prepared? During September, K-State Research and Extension challenges you to complete the activities below and help us to #PrepareKansas. Not sure how to get started? Each week we have blog posts with hints and helpful information related to completing the tasks!