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Basic Kitchen Safety Tips

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Kitchen safety tips is a hugely important topic!

It includes, among other things:

  • Child proofing,
  • Cleanliness,
  • Electrical and grease fires,
  • Electrical safety,
  • Food safety and preparation,
  • Handling hot items (water, hot pans, etc.),
  • Handling sharp objects safely,
  • Handling small appliances safely,
  • Scalding and well . . . you get the picture.

A part of good kitchen organization is planning and preparing for kitchen safety. This page will provide general basic safety information. I hope these kitchen safety tips will be useful.

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Kitchen Safety Tips

  • Make sure all wires, cords and plugs on your appliances are not frayed and that the plugs have 3-prong grounded connections. This would include coffee makers, toasters, blenders, microwaves, mixers, etc.
  • Don’t use extension cords. You can obtain a junction box that has built-in GFI (ground fault interrupters). This will allow you extra plug-in space and the GFI will kick in if there is a power shortage. Helps avoid water/electrical shock accidents.
  • Get rid of any appliance that is broken or damaged. New ones are very inexpensive these days. If a new one would bust your budget, try garage and tag sales (just make sure you’re not buying somebody else’s broken appliance).
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  • Put a childproof lock not only on the cabinets with your medicines and cleaning supplies, but also your oven.
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  • Don’t leave the kitchen with pots & pans cooking on the stove. Make sure to turn off burners as soon as you take the pot off.

  • Avoid wearing inappropriate clothing while cooking. That means loose sleeves and sweaters.

  • Keep dish towels, pot holders and oven mitts away from the stove.

  • Keep matches and lighters in high places where curious little hands can’t reach them.

  • If using candles in the kitchen, don’t leave the room (or home) while they’re burning. Make sure they are in a safe place and are in flame proof containers.

  • Check furniture, curtains, dish towels, etc. to be sure they are not blocking heaters or vents.

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  • Keep a fire extinguisher in or near the kitchen, but not near the stove or the heater.

  • In case of a grease fire, salt and/or baking soda will help if you do not have a fire extinguisher.

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  • Keep emergency numbers handy – 911 is easy to remember, but phone numbers to Poison Control might take longer.
  • Scalding is one of the most common injuries in the kitchen. Make sure to turn pot handles away from the front of the stove and away from little curious hands.
  • Scalding can occur from hot steam as well. Be careful when lifting lids from hot food.  This also includes opening that hot bag of microwave popcorn!

  • Be sure appliances are unplugged before touching sharp edges (blenders, can openers, mixers, etc.).

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  • Never stick a fork in a toaster to retrieve trapped toast – you may get shocking results.

  • Always be sure the blender is unplugged before touching the blades.

  • Be careful about sharp edges: scissors, broken glass, potato peeler, etc.

  • Never ever, ever leave cooking foods unattended – not even for a minute.

  • Casualness causes casualties – don’t answer or talk on the phone while cooking – you can be distracted and injuries can result.

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  • Clean up spills immediately – wet floors are slippery when wet.

  • Keep the kitchen floor clear or toys and other items.

  • Be certain that walking areas are always clear of toys and other items.

  • Keep young children out of the kitchen while cooking.

  • Always use a step-stool to reach high places.

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  • Store cleaning supplies and all chemicals in a safe place. Use safety latches.

  • Handling Knives

    • Always cut away from your body when using a knife. It can slip and cut you,
    • Always use a cutting board,
    • Protect your counter tops,
    • (d) Keep blades sharp,
    • Keep knives clean (including handle).  Slippery handles can cause injuries,
    • Don’t put knives in a sink of soapy water as they may not be seen and accidents can occur,
    • Wash and dry carefully keeping sharp edge away from your hands,
    • Always lay them flat, never on the back or edge,
    • Don’t attempt to catch a knife as it falls; better it hits the floor than cut your hand,
    • Wash knives with warm soapy water after each use.

    I hope these kitchen safety tips were helpful.

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