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Wear Green, Keep Hands Clean

St Patrick's Day Handwashing Poster

St. Patrick's Day Handwashing Coloring Sheet

Be Lucky, Be Healthy, Be Germ Free

While your wee ones are outside digging for four-leaf clovers and pots of gold this St. Patrick's Day, their luckiest charms may indeed be clean hands. Why? Cold and flu germs, which abound this time of year, are just itching to hitch free rides on dirty fingers. Yet, unlike leprechauns – which you can't see because they don't exist – germs are not visible to the naked eye, but very real.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), keeping hands clean through improved hand hygiene is one of the most important steps kids (and adults) can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. And, as with everything else in life, there's a right way to do it.

  • Wet hands with clean, running water and apply soap.
  • Rub hands together to make a lather, and scrub well, including the backs, between fingers and under the nails.
  • Continue rubbing for 20 seconds (which is the same as singing "Happy Birthday" twice through).
  • Rinse well under running water.
  • Dry your hands using a clean towel, or air-dry them.

So, before anyone digs in to the Irish soda bread or corned beef, make sure they wash their hands first! While talking to others about the important connection between good hygiene and good health, encourage them to complete the ACI St. Patrick's Day coloring sheet and put it on display for all to see! Don't forget to scan a copy and send it to so that we can add it to our artwork gallery on


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