The kitchen is one of the busiest rooms in your home. And it’s no surprise why. Filled with intoxicating aromas, irresistible food/beverages, and engaging conversations, it’s the perfect gathering place for family and friends.
Here are some simple but effective safety practices that will help make your kitchen a safe and welcoming space for everyone.
BURNS–Keep children and pets away from hot ovens and stoves. Supervise young chefs during cooking lessons. Use the back burners as much as possible when cooking. Keep handles turned inward. Use potholders when handling hot pots, pans, and dishes (remember that wet hot pads will transfer heat very quickly). Take care to keep children and pets from underfoot when pouring hot liquids into the sink. After removing hot items from the oven, keep out of reach of small (as well as hungry and curious) children.
CUTS–Practice knife safety by keeping knives toward the back of the counter. Do not leave knives on the counter when small children are present. Use care when operating appliances with blades. Make sure they are unplugged when not in use and keep away from the counter’s edge. Remove knives from the sink/dishwasher once they are clean so they are not grabbed by children. Keep knives sharp. They will be easier and safer to use because they require less pressure. How to Sharpen Your Knife
SLIPS AND FALLS–Immediately wipe spills from the floor. Try to keep small children and pets away from the stove and sink when you are cooking so you don’t trip on them. Use slip-proof rugs and mats.
FOOD POISONING–Wash your hands before and after preparing food. Use separate cutting boards for meat and fruits/veggies. Do not allow children to touch countertops until they have been sanitized. Thoroughly cook meat, poultry, fish, and eggs. Store leftover food in the refrigerator or freezer immediately after a meal.
FIRES–Make fire safety a daily habit. Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen and know how to properly use it. Do not wear shirts with long, loose sleeves when cooking, as they could catch fire or become caught on a pot or pan. It’s also a good idea to pull long hair back into a ponytail (this also keeps hair out of your food). Don’t use appliances with frayed electrical cords. 10 Ways to Avoid a KitchenFire-American Red Cross