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How to Make your Kitchen a Safe Place

In the kitchen, many things can happen. Slippery floors, broken items, and spills are just a few of the possible hazards associated with kitchen work. To ensure a safe environment no whether in a home or commercial kitchen there are a few rules that help prevent slips, falls and dangers.

Let’s look at a few top safety procedures, learn and adhere to them for a perfectly safe kitchen.

Some golden rules for kitchen Safety.

A. Spills:

If you spill it, clean it up! Any spill such as grease, cooking oil, milk, water, or food can lead to dangerous slips and result in a fall, clean them up immediately. Alert people within the vicinity to the wet floor, if you need to, post a “Wet Floor!” sign.

B. Knife safety:

Don’t cut yourself! Learn the proper use of the sharp knives and blades found in kitchens to avoid painful cuts.

Keep all knives sharpened and in good condition.

Use the right knife for each procedure: do not try to slice potatoes with a serrated knife and never use a bread knife to bone a chicken. Know your tools!

C. Burns:

Always keep pots and pan handles turned toward the back of the stove, a protruding pot handle is likely to be caught by your movements and create a painful or hazardous spill, never use a pan with the handle pointing out.

Steam is deceptive, always be careful when opening pots and pans, the steam is trapped in there and will come pouring out as soon as the lid is lifted. Open these cooking utensils away from you, so the steam has a place to go other than into your face or hands causing painful and dangerous blistering. Microwaved foods with cling wrap covers are skin-blistering culprits, open away from face, arms, and hands, always use potholders to handle these scalding hot items. Allow these items to sit a while before opening and then use extreme caution.

Stovetop burners remain hot even after the heat is turned off. Serious burns may occur if touched and furthermore do not lay kitchen towels, pot holders and rags on a hot burner, they will ignite.

D. Equipment:

Food processors, mixers, meat slicers are all very useful and convenient items to have in the kitchen; however, these are also very dangerous with sharp, moving pieces.

Food processors are notorious for swiftly taking precious fingers; in an instant, it will slice through tender skin and bone. NEVER put your fingers or hands inside a running processor. There are safeguards built into every one of these products, but sometimes they break or we figure out how to use them without these safety features. Do not be deceived, and do not operate your food processor without the safety features intact.

When cleaning your food processor, remove the blades carefully, these are razor sharp and can cause deep cuts in seconds. If you use a dishwasher to wash the blades, position them safely in a covered basket to protect yourself when unloading the dishwasher.

Mixers also can cause injury, never put anything into the bowl of a running electric mixer! Keep fingers, hands and hair away from the beaters, and unplug before cleaning to prevent accidentally pushing the on button and electrical shock.

E. Breaks:

Clean up all breaks immediately. Never allow broken glass to sit while you finish your task. Jagged broken glass can cause deep cuts and can quickly cut through thin fabric shoes and clothing. Pick up large broken pieces very carefully, and use a broom and dustpan to gather and remove small shards and tiny chips that fly everywhere when glass breaks or shatters.

F. Children and Pets:

The kitchen is no place for small children or pets. Make sure they are in a safe place before beginning a cooking project.

Small pets can cause a tripping hazard, they tend to be right underfoot hoping for you to drop a scrap of food. Do not allow pets to be in the kitchen while food is being prepared. This can also be a sanitation problem due to pet hair and dander being in the air while you cook.

Do not allow children to use any kitchen appliance or equipment without adult supervision.

Never cook with a child in your arms. If Jr. cries while you are cooking, stop what you are doing and tend the child, do not hold him and continue cooking with him in your arms, this is a disaster waiting to happen.

Use your head:

Kitchen safety is not hard to achieve, know what you are doing, be aware of the dangers, and think! Learn to think safety, work out a safety plan ahead of time, and then work the plan, thus keeping your kitchen safe for everyone, including yourself. Take your time in cooking, sometimes when we rush through a task it is not done well, slow and steady wins the race.

Most people love being in the kitchen, they are warm and friendly places, the hub of the family. So keeping your kitchen safe for all is of utmost importance. You can achieve a safe and productive family or commercial kitchen if you set and follow a few important and easy precautions.

Safety first ,it’s the only way!