Monday, October 26, 2015

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – Second grade students at Shalom Christian Academy recently learned the importance of proper hand washing to stay healthy.

Kathy Lehman, an infection preventionist with Summit Health, visited the school on Oct. 22 to teach the children proper hand washing to prevent the spread of germs, especially with cold and flu season just beginning.

“Hand washing is the most important thing you can do to prevent the spread of infection,” she said.

Lehman read the children a book about Soapy, a little bar of soap who demonstrates when you should wash your hands – such as before and after eating, after playing with a pet, and more.

The children then got a “hands-on” demonstration using pretend “germs” that they rubbed into their hands before washing with soap and water. They then put their hands under a black light and see what areas they may have missed.

“Some of the kids were surprised when they came back and saw that they missed a few areas,” Lehman said.

Lehman offered these tips for proper hand washing:

Washing:

  • Use warm water and soap.
  • Wash both sides of your hands (don’t forget your wrists, between your fingers and under your nails).
  • Wash your hands for at least 15 seconds.
  • Don’t forget to dry your hands on a paper towel, and use the towel to turn the water off. Then use the towel to open the bathroom door as you leave.

For more information on proper hand washing as well as staying healthy this cold and flu season, visit www.SummitHealth.org/Flu.

Summit Health is a non-profit network of hospitals and physician practices dedicated to building a healthier community.

As Franklin County's leading healthcare provider, Summit Health offers family care, specialists, lab and imaging services, a fitness center, urgent care centers, and two award-winning hospitals.