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Kitchen safety is very important. Back when I was a child, I remember a huge fire that gutted our neighbor’s whole building and threatened to connect to ours. As a kid, I was so scared as people were being evacuated. One of my friends whom I used to play with was seriously burnt. Had it not been for the brave men in overalls, she would have died. The sight of her with the burns has never left my memories. Even now as an adult, I take safety in the kitchen seriously. I do not want such a memory to occur to my young ones, let alone my loved ones.
I do not take kitchen safety for granted. Even to ensure safety for my kids, I make sure they also follow the rules. This part of the house contains knives, forks, hot ovens and stoves, scissors, microwaves and boiling water. Failing to follow kitchen safety tips can lead to serious injuries.
So all my life time, I have followed these safety tips and rules below. I think it is time for me to share them with safety conscious people like you if you are reading this article.
So without any farther blah blah blah, here are some kitchen safety tips to keep in mind.
- Wear Safe Clothing and Shoes
It is important that you wear safe clothing and shoes when working in the kitchen. Your sleeves shouldn’t be too long. Loose clothing is also not recommended. You should not wear anything flammable or synthetic that can melt onto the skin if accidentally set on fire. Actually, according to NFPA, clothing is one of the first item ignited incase of a kitchen fire. So it makes sense to ware safe clothing.
2. Keep Children and Pets Out of the Kitchen
Unless the children are learning how to cook or helping you, they should be kept out of the kitchen. Pets and children can be a distraction and hurt themselves. If you’re teaching them how to cook, you should begin with simple recipes that don’t require a lot of appliances, heat or cutting. Don’t hold a child or baby while cooking.
Kitchen safety for Kids training video
3. Never Rush
You should cut foods slowly and take your time when moving hot pans and pots. Don’t run from one station to another and don’t try to cook when you’re sleepy or drunk.
4. Use Kitchen Equipment Properly
Always keep small appliances away from water. Don’t use an appliance with a frayed cord and don’t use your fingers to get something trapped in mixers or food processor blades. Always read the instructions before using any appliance. You should also allow the appliances to cool down before you clean them.
5. Use Hot Pads and Oven Mitts
Use oven mitts and hot pads for pans, bowls or pots that have been in an appliance. If the oven mitt or hot pad gets wet, allow it to dry first before using it. This is because a wet cloth can easily transmit heat.
6. Use Knives Properly
Knives should be sharp at all times. Dull knives can slip and cut you. It is also important that you learn how to slice and chop properly. Use your non-dominant hand to hold the food. Your fingers should be curled under. Chop slowly.
7. Clear-out Spills Quickly
If there are spills, you should clean it quickly to prevent accidents and save time as well. Grease, water and food can cause slip and fall accidents. You should also know your limits when lifting items. Lift using your back and knees. If you have to move something heavy, you should ask for help.
8. Never Leave Food Unattended
Unless you are using a slow cooker, you should never leave your house when cooking. Accidents can happen, so make sure there’s always an adult in the kitchen especially if there are pets and kids in your house.
There should also be a first aid kit in the kitchen. Many people usually keep a first aid kit in their bathrooms. The first aid kit in your kitchen should be filled with up-to-date tools like scissors, gauze, medicines and the phone number of nearby hospitals and your doctor. Be careful around foods cooked in packets and covered microwaved foods. These packages should be opened using hot pads and away from your face.
9. Learn How to Put Out Fires
A fire extinguisher should be present in your kitchen and it is also important that you learn how to use it. Don’t try to put out electric and grease fires with water. For this type of fires, use a pan cover, salt or baking soda. The best way to extinguish most fires is removing air. For instance, a fire in the microwave can be extinguished by turning off the microwave and ensuring the door is closed. Use a fire extinguisher or baking soda to put out a fire in the oven. Contact the fire department if you cannot put out the fire within a few seconds.
10. Learn Fire and Personal Safety
Everyone in the family should learn fire and personal safety. Teach your kids about “Stop, Drop and Roll” if their clothes catch on fire. You should also teach them to respect fire, heat and the kitchen.
Kitchen safety should not be a very complicated matter. When you are quickly cooking several dishes at once, common sense can be easily ignored. Most people are also not fond of reading instructions and manuals. However, reading product instructions and manuals can help you prevent short-circuiting your appliances, causing a fire or burning a dish.
You love cooking for your family and friends. Maybe your culinary skills are similar to that of a professional chef. The kitchen is indeed the most creative area in your home, but it can also be among the most dangerous. Safety in the kitchen is something that you need to address in order for your home to be a safer place for you and your family. Always keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen. Keep your utensils and appliances clean to prevent fires. Following these simple kitchen safety tips can help you avoid accidents and make your kitchen more secure.
Here is a video on how to put out a kitchen fire
Kitchen safety Awareness Training Video for Restaurant Employees
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