Did you know that December 7-13 2014 is National Hand-Washing Week? At Hand Dryer Supply, we don’t mess around when it comes to the importance of hygiene and keeping hands clean during this week of awareness, and throughout the year. You’ve probably heard how important it is to wash your hands a million times – you see signs posted throughout public restrooms, schools, office spaces and other high-traffic areas, reminding you to ensure your hands are properly washed before you leave the facilities. Although the act of washing your hands after using the restroom may seem like old news, you probably don’t know some of the specifics as to why it really is so vital that you thoroughly and properly clean your hands. Check out some of these reasons* as to why the importance of hand washing is not something to ignore:
-80% of all infectious diseases are transmitted by touch
-Germs can stay alive on hands for up to three hours
-Parents who wash their hands increase their baby’s survival by up to 44%
-Up to half of all men and a quarter of women fail to wash their hands after using the restroom
It’s not just after using the restroom that you should wash your hands, but also before, during and after preparing food, before eating, before and after taking care of someone who is sick, after taking out the garbage, after changing a diaper, before and after treating a wound, after touching or cleaning up after an animal and also after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose. Does this sound like a lot of hand washing? It may appear to be, but as you read in the statistics above, it’s a necessary step to keep you and your family safe from the spread of germs!
Once your hands are properly washed, you want to ensure that you dry your hands thoroughly and hygienically as well. Outdated hand dryers can blow bacteria back onto your hands, defeating the purpose of your washing them in the first place! HandDryerSupply.com carries modern, powerful and hygienic dryers including the SMARTdri by World Dryer featuring antimicrobial technology and the Airforce dryer equipped with SteriTouch® additives to reduce the spread of harmful mold, fungi and bacteria. American Dryer’s ExtremeAir featuring Cold Plasma Clean Technology purifies and sanitizes the surrounding air during hand drying, naturally killing germs on and around hands. Our Veltia hand dryer features a cover infused with antimicrobial Microban technology and a hygienic HEPA filter. There are numerous colors and models to choose from to ensure both you and others using your facility have access to not only a place to wash your hands, but also a place to effectively and hygienically dry your hands. Since bacteria thrives in moist environments, it is vital that your hands are thoroughly dried after washing.
Don’t forget to spread the word about the importance of hand washing this week, and never underestimate the power of an efficient bathroom hand dryer to help ensure that your newly cleaned hands stay that way!