Five most important kitchen safety tips

“Precaution is better than cure” it is true and it also applies to our kitchens. We can avoid lot accidents in the kitchen if we follow the simple things. We present an overview of what we have found to be the most common ways people can get hurt in a kitchen, and the ways you can avoid being hurt, or hurting someone else.

Don’t Rush

Rushing around the kitchen will almost guarantee accidents. Unless you’re a pro, cut food slowly, do not run from station to station, and take your time when moving hot pots and pans. Saving a few minutes here and there will be negated if you need to make a trip to the doctor’s office.Also never try to bake or cook if you are under the influence of alcohol or medications, or are very sleepy.

Clean Up Spills Promptly

Cleaning up spills as you go not only helps save time when cleaning the kitchen, but will help prevent accidents. Water, food, and grease on the floor will almost guarantee a fall. Watch out for cooking sprays too. If they are sprayed on the floor, the surface will become very slippery. I always hold the pan I’m spraying over the sink so any over spray will not land on the floor.

Handling Knives:

(a)Always  cut away  from  your  body when  using a  knife. It  can  slip and  cut  you,

(b)  Always  use a cutting board,

(c) Protect your counter tops,

(d) Keep blades sharp,

(e) Keep knives clean (including  handle) slippery handles can cause injuries,

(f) Don’t put knives in a sink of soapy water – they may not be seen and accidents can occur,

(g) Wash and dry carefully keeping sharp edge away from your hands,

(h) Always lay  them  flat, never on  the back or edge,

(i) Don’t attempt  to catch a knife as it  falls better it hits the floor than cut your hand,

(j) Wash knives with warm soapy water after each use.

Take care of your wires, cords and plugs 

Make sure all wires, cords and plugs on your appliances are not frayed and that the plugs have 3-prong grounded connections. This would include coffee makers, toasters, blenders, microwaves, mixers, etc.

Be careful about your appliance

Get rid of any appliance that is broken or damaged. New ones are very inexpensive these days.If a new one would bust your budget, try garage and tag sales (just make sure you’re not buying somebody else’s broken appliance). Cooking is fun, but kitchen safety is a priority. Think about it: Knives! Fire! Bacteria! Observing basic rules of kitchen safety is a good habit to develop. Always pay attention to what you’re doing in the kitchen because one slip can cause serious injury or accidents. We shall be taking about “design your kitchen with safety concerns” but until then use these tips and make your kitchen clean.

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