Kitchen safety is one of the most essential aspects of a kitchen. Kitchen safety is critical, and neglecting to follow kitchen safety rules can result in severe injury. Cooking is enjoyable and fun, but kitchen safety is a top priority.
We’re all guilty of complacently thinking that we know what we’re doing; just to make sure that’s true, we thought we’ll go over some basic kitchen safety guidelines you might have let fall to the wayside at some point.
You are surrounded by many pieces of equipment and environmental risks that can be very dangerous. Sharp objects such as knives, scissors, forks can be very harmful. Not only that but electrical appliances, oven, mixer and even bacteria around the kitchen. You will have to develop a habit of observing and establishing basic rules for kitchen safety.
Make sure you are ever aware of what you are doing in the kitchen because any wrong move can cause serious injury. Always pay undivided attention to what you are doing, have a bin for the disposal of waste to keep away the bacteria, and maintain a tidy and clean kitchen. You can adopt a plan to make sure you meet all the criteria of cleanliness and safety in the kitchen.
It’s also important to be aware and fully conscious of who is in the space – for instance, kids must never be left alone in the kitchen without guidance.
Here are a few tips for kitchen safety,
- Make sure you learn how to use Knives
Ensure to learn how to use a knife and treat them with care and precision. Knives should always be sharp. A blunt knife can slip and cause a cut.
Master how to chop and slice as chefs and cooks do, holding the food with your non-dominant hand and fingers curled under. Go slow and steady until you are confident with careful precautions, and always pay attention.
- Learn to use an extinguisher in case of fire
Cooking is the main cause of fires and injuries that occur in your homes. Be sure to have a fire extinguisher in your kitchen all the time and also know how to use it. It takes hardly a few seconds for a fire to get out of control.
There are roughly upto a million residential cooking fires in India each year. Never put fires out with water as it can cause more damage. Instead, your best option to extinguish them is by the use of baking soda.
Fire can be suffocated by removing air which is the best way to stop most fires. A fire caused inside of your oven can best be put out with an extinguisher, and also, a microwave fire can be put out just by turning the appliance off and keeping the door closed.
- Use of Hot Pads
Get yourself a good selection of hot pads or oven mitts on hand. Always use them before you pick up any hot bowl, pot, or pan.
It’s especially important to use hot pads on bowls that you might pull out of the oven. Even microwave-safe bowls can get considerably hot, and it’s easy to hurt or burn your hands. If a hot pad gets wet, don’t use it until it’s dry.
- Do not make use of the same cutting board for fruits, vegetables and raw meat.
Using a similar cutting board for raw meats, fruits and vegetables is a sure way to get the whole family sick with food poisoning. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) tells you to use two separate cutting boards: one for all the meat, such as raw meat, poultry and seafood, and another one for fresh fruits and vegetables.
If you must use do decide to the same board, it’s safe to prepare your fruits and vegetables first, and firstly wash your cutting board entirely with soap and hot water, and later prepare your meats.
- Children and Pets Out of the kitchen
Kids and pets are not well suited in the kitchen. Unless they are helping or learning how to cook from you, keep them out of the kitchen area. Not only can kids and pets be a distraction too. Pets can easily get hurt or hurt themselves by being around hot utensils, pulling hot pots down, and tripping you while you’re handling something hot.
When you want to teach children about cooking or baking, be sure to start with simple recipes that don’t involve fire or a lot of chopping and heat.
Significant pointers to keep in mind while in the kitchen
- Make sure to turn the pot handles away from the front of the stove. Kids can’t grab them, and adults can’t bump into them if they’re out of the way.
- Always keep long hair tied back and never cook in loose clothes; you don’t want anything accidentally catching fire, and also, loose hair can end up in your hair.
- Keep knives away in a wooden block or in a drawer. Make sure the blades are out of the reach of young kids.
- Do not cook while wearing dangling jewellery, such as necklaces or bracelets. A bracelet can get messed up around pot handles or fall into them.
- Place the potholders nearby and use them when required. Be aware not to leave them near an open flame.
- Don’t place temperature-sensitive products out in the kitchen. Raw meat, fish, and particular dairy products can spoil quickly, so refrigerate or freeze them right away.
- Always separate meat and poultry from other fresh items whenever you use or store them. This step avoids cross-contamination of harmful bacteria from one food to another.
- Make sure to wipe up whatever spills immediately to avoid stains and bacteria. Keep the floor dry and tidy so that no one slips and hurts themselves.