Kitchen Safety

Today is National Kitchen Klutz of America Day.

I’m really not surprised they have a day like this.  I’ve cut and burnt myself so many times I’ve lost count.  I’ve had a few fires, a ton of large spills but lucky for me all were  rather minor and didn’t require a trip to the hospital.

Here are some tips to keep your kitchen safe.

Food Prep

  • Always have a working smoke detector that is tested monthly as well as an approved fire extinguisher and a first aid kit.
  • Always have the handles of your pot and pans turned in when cooking. You are less likely to knock them over and spill hot food on yourself.
  • Never leave cooking food unattended.
  • Avoid loose clothing and hair that may ignite if it touches a hot burner or oven.
  • Never reach over a hot burner to get a utensil or ingredient. Have everything you need within reach.
  • Adjust the oven rack before you turn on the heat.
  • Always use potholders and oven mitts, not dish rags or paper towels.
  • Wipe up spills immediately to prevent slips and falls.

Sharp Objects

  • Don’t try to catch a falling knife. Step back and let it drop.
  • Keep your knifes sharpened. You are more likely to cut yourself if you have to struggle with a dull blade.
  • Don’t just pass a knife to someone else. Put in down near them so they can safely pick it up themselves.
  • Use the proper knife for the proper job. Bread knives make lousy meat cleavers.
  • Use a proper size cutting board and cut away from your body. Keep you knuckles pointed to the blade with slicing or dicing.
  • If washing your knifes in a dishwasher, place them point or blade down.
  • If handwashing, don’t throw knifes into a sink of soapy water. Someone could reach in not realizing they are there. Wash them one at a time.
  • If a glass container, bowl or dish is broken throw it out. Same for any chipped items.

Electrical

  • Don’t plug in appliances if your hands are wet.
  • Never overload a circuit.
  • Never use outlets were the cords may fall too close to a hot burner.
  • Replace or fix faulty appliances right away.
  • Always turn appliances like mixers and blenders off, and unplug it before reaching in a bowl or using any utensils in it.
  • Never wash an appliance while it’s still plugged in.

Happy and Safe Cooking!!!

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