You’ve probably heard it said that “most accidents happen in the home.” In order to keep your kitchen a safe place for you to cook and bake, I’d like to share some kitchen safety tips with you in this post.
Kitchen Safety Tips:
1.Don’t wear clothes with long, flowing sleeves, blouses with bows (that can come untied) or scarves when cooking. These clothing items can quickly ignite if they come in contact with a hot burner. If you have long hair, pinning it up prevents you from accidentally setting it on fire as well as keeping it out of your eyes so you can more clearly see what you are doing.
2. Don’t use a dish towel to handle hot pots or utensils. The loose ends of the towel may catch on fire. Don’t use a wet towel or pot holder – it may cause a serious steam burn.
3. Don’t store frequently used items over the stove. When reaching over a hot burner it’s too easy to catch your clothes on fire or to get burned.
4. Use oven mitts that cover your lower arms as well as your hands. I used to occasionally burn my arm when removing large pans from the oven until I bought some long oven mitts.
5. If you do burn yourself, put ice on the burn or run cold water over it immediately to stop the burning. I keep an aloe plant in my kitchen to use on burns (after using ice) for it’s soothing effect. (Aloe creams are also available.) If you need additional treatment for a deep burn, see a doctor.
6. Before frying chickens or fish, carefully pat dry each piece with paper towels. Water may cause hot oil to splatter and burn the skin.
7. Use kitchen tongs to turn food that is frying. Food can slip off a fork and spatter the grease.
8. When removing the cover from a pan, lift the lid from the back first, letting the steam escape away from you.
9. Position handles of pots and pans towards the back of the stove to keep the handles out of the reach of children. This also keeps you from bumping them and causing spills. (Vintage photo below shows handles turned the wrong way!)
10. Keep a fire extinguisher in your kitchen for minor emergencies. Look for an extinguisher labeled ABC that is equipped to handle all kinds of home fires.
11. Don’t throw water on a grease fire – it may actually cause it to spread. If you don’t have a fire extinguisher you could throw baking soda on the grease or carefully cover the pan with a lid after turning off the heat.
12. Have a smoke detector in your kitchen and check it frequently. Replace the batteries every 6 months. Many people replace the batteries in their smoke detectors each year when the time changes to and from daylight savings time as a reminder to them.
13. When cooking don’t leave the kitchen for too long and don’t leave children in the kitchen unattended, especially when hot food is cooking. Be sure to secure knives and other potentially harmful kitchen items out of the reach of children also.
I hope you find these tips helpful reminders and if you don’t have a fire extinguisher in your kitchen, please invest in one soon!
If you have additional kitchen safety tips, please share them in the comments section.
(Photo Credits: Pixabay.com)
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