HELMETTA, NJ - The #SafeHands Challenge has been making the social media rounds since just before New Jersey began shutting down to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. A key component to fighting the spread of the deadly virus is handwashing. While most people wash their hands not everyone does it the way the Center for Disease Control and Preventions deems is the proper way to help keep the coronavirus and other germs like flu, cold and strep away.

According to the CDC, proper handwashing techniques include:

  • Wetting hands with clean water
  • Lathering the entire hand with soap including the front, back and between the fingers as well as under the nails
  • Scrubbing for 20 seconds
  • Rinsing
  • Drying

Singing the "Happy Birthday" song twice has been the recommended reminder to know when 20 seconds is up. But why stick to the "Happy Birthday" or the "ABC" songs? People across social media outlets like Twitter and TikToc have been taking the #safehands challenge. This week Helmetta Mayor Chris Slavicek got on board to help encourage borough residents to have a bit of fun with their handwashing.

Sign Up for Milltown/Spotswood Newsletter
Our newsletter delivers the local news that you can trust.

Slavicek got his hands clean to the disco beat of Gloria Gaynor's smash hit "I Will Survive" as a part of the "I Will Survive" handwashing challenge going viral on TikTok. Gaynor got that party started when she posted a video of herself washing her hands to the beat of her own song.

Slavicek's "I Will Survive" handwashing challenge video has been making the rounds on Facebook. Watch Slavicek's video here!