Safety in the Kitchen

The kitchen is one of the most dangerous places in the home. As noted in yesterday’s blog – working around a hot stove and using sharp utensils can place one in danger.

Some of the most common accidents in the kitchen include burns, fires, cuts, falls, electric shock, and poisoning.

We can help prevent accidents while working in the kitchen in many ways. Some of these include:

Remember that stove tops are hot and may stay hot long after they are turned off. Adults should cook foods on the stove top and place or remove food from the oven.

Keep handles on pots and pans turned inward, so there is no danger of someone knocking them off the stove.

Don’t wear loose-fitting clothes or long floppy sleeves when you cook. They can easily catch fire. Keep long hair tied back.

Use pot holders when handling hot pans. Do not use a towel.

Lift pot lids away from you so the steam flows away from you and does not burn you.

Wash knives separately from rest of dishes and silverware.

Wipe up spills immediately.

Never touch electrical appliances if your hands are wet.

All household cleaners are poisonous. Never pour a little soap or other potentially dangerous liquid into a container that once held food.

Keep all cleaners, dish washing detergents, and plastic bags out of small child’s reach.

Don’t call vitamins or medicine “candy.”

Chef, and everyone, wants you to stay safe!