Along with the bathroom, the kitchen is one of the most dangerous rooms in the house. With sharp knives, open flames, hot ovens and the potential for contamination, it's no wonder so many people experience accidents in the kitchen. However, there are ways that you can make sure that your kitchen is safe and efficient. Here are several kitchen safety tips
to keep in mind.
- Always wash your hands in hot, soapy water. Do this before and after handling food - especially raw meat, which can easily contaminate other food or kitchen surfaces.
- Keep raw foods away from cooked foods. A good rule of thumb is to keep cooked food away from raw foods - most importantly raw meat. If any type of food is being eaten raw, like vegetables, you should treat those like cooked foods.
- Maintain a clean counter. Disinfecting your counters is an often overlooked element of kitchen safety. Always be sure to wipe your counters regularly to clear away crumbs and liquids that could attract pests. Always be sure to wipe up after cooking meat.
- Don't wear dangling jewelry or clothing when you cook. Necklaces and bracelets can get caught around pot handles, which could send the boiling contents flying. Loose clothing and hanging sleeves could also catch on fire.
- Don't leave perishable foods out. Remember to put foods that can spoil, like meat or dairy products, back into the fridge or freezer. Leaving them out could cause bacteria to grow.
- Keep appliances away from the sink and stove. Wires that fall into the sink or cross over the stove could cause electrical shock or a fire, so always keep them tucked away.
- Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove. This way, you won't accidentally bump into them and curious children can't grab them.
- Use a frying screen. When you're cooking something in a pan with grease, a frying screen will prevent the hot grease from spattering. If the grease in a pan ever catches on fire, have the lid on hand to extinguish the flames.
- Supervise children. It’s a good idea to teach children kitchen safety rules at an early age. Whenever kids are in the kitchen, you should be there to supervise them - especially when you or they are cooking or baking. Keep anything dangerous, like matches, knives or other sharp tools, in places where your kids can't reach them.
- Keep metal out of the toaster and microwave. Never put anything made of metal into the toaster or microwave. This could cause an electric shock or a fire.