Basic Kitchen Safety Tips

Working in the kitchen is possibly one of the most dangerous rooms in the house. Many accidents most likely happen when you’re distracted, so be focused on the job at hand and make sure to keep any other activity out of the kitchen, including the TV. Here are some basic steps you can take to avoid kitchen accidents.

Appliance Safety: Use UL certified appliances whenever possible and don’t overload the circuits.

Small electrical appliances: Keep them away from any water source, unplug when not in use, and make sure your hands are dry before operating or plugging in.

Toasters: Keep them away from anything flammable, and clean out the crumbs tray every once in awhile. If you notice an odd smell, unplug the toaster immediately and contact the retailer.

Microwaves: Use only microwave safe containers and bowls, never anything metal, not even tin foil. Always stir microwaved foods thoroughly and follow product heating directions before serving to eliminate hot spots. Avoid super-heated water.

Grills: Use BBQ grills outside only, to avoid carbon monoxide buildup. Keep them on a stable surface away from other activities. Make sure you use the correct charcoal and watch the lighter fluid. Never add starter fluid to a gas grill after starting the fire.

Prevent Kitchen Fires:

  • Keep flammable items, including loose sleeves, towels and potholders, away from burners.
  • Never leave food cooking unattended.
  • Keep the stove clean to avoid igniting spilled food or grease.

Prevent Kitchen Scalds and Burns:

  • Keep handles turned away from the stove edge.
  • Use back burners whenever possible.
  • Use potholders or oven mitts to touch hot pans of food. Never use worn or wet mitts.
  • Steam burns faster than boiling water, so open heated containers slowly and away from yourself.

Provide a safe location for a fire extinguisher. A fire extinguisher should be located near a room exit, away from cooking appliances. Never locate an extinguisher near or under a cook top or range, the most likely sources of a fire. An extinguisher stored in that area would be unreachable if a fire occurs in those areas.

Additional Kitchen Safety Tips

Taking the time to review kitchen rules with your children will make your kitchen much safer. Whether you are cooking or just reheating food, you should always be careful in the kitchen.

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