kitchen safety

When reading some of the next cooking safety rules, you may feel like they have been written for dummies, but it’s no shame admitting you never thought about some of these tips or that you too have had an accident in the kitchen at some time. Let’s see what you should take care of the next time you are cooking.

  • Your outfit should be appropriate for cooking. Avoid loose clothes, dangling jewelry and if you have long hair, tie it back.
  • Always keep the floor dry and clean. If you spill something on the floor, you may slip and get injured.
  • Be careful with knives and their storage. Put them in a drawer or in a wooden block and out of children’s reach.
  • Turn pot handles inward when they are on the stove so you don’t bump into them if they’re on your way.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen and make sure you know how to use it. Put it away from the stove or any other heat source.
  • Don’t use damaged appliances which can cause electrical fires.
  • Never leave a cooking pan unsupervised.
  • Be careful when you take off the lid from a pot containing hot food.
  • Don’t stick a fork into the bread toaster while the appliance is on in order to retrieve a blocked toast.
  • Don’t touch the blades of the blender unless it is unplugged.
  • Make sure that walking areas are free of any items, including toys.
  • Don’t put the knives in soapy water to get soaked because you won’t see them and you may get cut when you put your hand into the water.
  • Use childproof locks for the oven and for the cabinets where you keep dangerous items like medicines and cleaning products.
  • Keep children and pets out of the kitchen while cooking.
  • Wear shoes which will protect your feet in case you drop a knife on them.
  • Take your time while cooking. Rushing causes accidents.
  • Be careful when you are stirring some boiling food. Boiling water or hot food can bubble up and burn your hand.
  • In order to prevent food poisoning, respect hygiene rules like washing your hands before cooking and after handling raw meat and separating raw meat from other foods and items while cooking in order to prevent cross-contamination.