FAIRFIELD — Solano County wants to make certain people are washing their hands to prevent them from getting ill and making others ill.
“Hand-washing is important for food safety, disease prevention and personal health,” said Terry Schmidtbauer, environmental health manager, in a press release. “Reducing food-borne illness by just 1 percent would keep about 500,000 Americans from getting sick each year.”
The county’s Environmental Health Management Division will try to get the message out during September, which is National Food Safety Education Month. In addition, Sept. 16 through Sept. 20 is International Clean Hands Week. The county campaign is targeting people who work at more than 500 restaurants and food facilities in the region, though county officials said hand-washing is important for everyone.
The proper procedure for washing hands is to use soap and water, scrub for at least 20 seconds, rinse and dry. Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to reduce germs. If soap and water is not available, use a hand sanitizer, the press release said.
Hands do not have to look dirty to require washing, the press release said. Hands should be washed:
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