Keep it spic and span
The golden rule of kitchen safety is cleanliness. Always clean the counter to avoid unwanted clutter and remove the remains of the burners and ovens once it cools down.
Opt for Wooden, rubber, cork, or slates flooring as they are slip resistant but if not always cover the spills with a cloth. Slips cause the most kitchen related injuries.
Put the cookware to wash once your work is over to save time and maintain cleanliness. Keeping the kitchen clean will also make it look bigger. Here are few cleaning tips you’ll find handy.
Allocate special space for electric appliances
All kitchens have electric appliances such as the mixer, toaster, can opener etc. Allocate these appliances space away from any water related equipment or your sink as any water contact can lead to a shock. Also avoid children from using these equipments.
Sharpen the knives regularly
Believe it or not from my personal experience I can tell you blunt knives tend to cause more serious injuries then the sharp ones because they tend to slip when cutting. Keep any sharp kitchen object and out of children’s reach and always place the knives in the knife stand when not in use.
Put away utensils once used
Every kitchen has cupboards and drawers so use them to put away sharp utensils such as forks, knives etc. If using a stand make ensure they are placed upside down.
Never let the drawers or cupboards clutter up. Keeping it organised will not only provide more space but ensure you do not cut yourself with a blade or fork when reaching for a spoon.
Use Stovetops safely
Dress right in the kitchen. Avoid loose, baggy clothes, neckties, or keeping your hair open as any contact can lead to severe burns.
After slips, fires and burns are the second biggest cause of kitchen hazards and most are caused due to negligence when using stoves.
Keep a check on the items being cooked on the stove especially boiling water. Never leave stuff unattended. Stay patient and keep an eye out.
Always keep a Fire extinguisher
In case of a fire your first source of response is a fire extinguisher and thus it’s a necessity but do not wait for the moment a fire breaks out to learn about it.
Read the instructions and learn know how to use it well in advance and always keep it in a place away from stove or other hot appliances. Fire extinguishers are available in various sizes so pick one that best fits into your kitchen. Learn how to use an extinguisher below.