Avoiding illness is in your hands
People who don’t wash their hands properly run the risk of getting sick.
But that won’t be a problem for children at Oranga Primary School.
The school received a visit from the FoodSafe and Initial Hygiene last week to learn about the importance of hand washing.
Children were taught the 20 seconds wash, 20 seconds dry rule before singing a song with mascot Foodsafe Freddie.
The visit was organised as part of Foodsafe Week, which ran from November 10 to 16.
Oranga Primary School pupil Meleane Vai says it is important to wash your hands.
“You have to take all the germs away,” she says.
“You might get sick if you don’t wash your hands.”
National Foodsafe week aims to raise awareness of food borne illnesses and give people tips for preventing them.
The Foodsafe and Initial Hygiene teams travelled around the country throughout the week visiting schools and teaching children about hand hygiene.
Initial general manager Geoff Polkinghorne says it is good to focus on teaching children hygiene from a young age.
“If you teach it to them now, it flows through to their adult life,” he says.
For more information, visit www.foodsafe.org. nz.
Cleaning up: Initial Hygiene general manager Geoff Polkinghorne shows Oranga school pupil Waimarie Nuitone, 7, front, and Peter James and Meleane Vai, back, the correct way to wash their hands.