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12 Tips for Kitchen Safety

Updated on March 3, 2016

If you love to spend time in the kitchen, then you are likely well aware of the many ways one can get hurt while preparing a dish. Be it the dangers of using a knife incorrectly, attempting to use a dull knife, burning your hand because you forgot to grab a pot holder, or perhaps accidently (aren’t they always) starting a grease fire – the number of ways one can get injured in the kitchen are many. Of course, the list of dangers is no reason to avoid the kitchen or reconcile yourself to take-out and restaurant food! Rather, it means being aware of what you need to do in the kitchen and applying some basic kitchen safety procedures.

Kitchen safety doesn’t have to include spending large amounts of money on every gadget or tool that comes out, but it does mean using some good old-fashioned common sense plus some basic kitchen know how. To help you establish some practical kitchen safety, keep these tips in mind:

  • Store knives in a wooden block or in a drawer. Make sure the knives are out of the reach of children.
  • Never leave children alone in the kitchen. Children should be supervised at all times while in the kitchen. Ovens, knives, hot liquids, hot pots and electrical appliances are all potentially dangerous.
  • Turn things off! Turn the oven off and unplug all cooking appliances before leaving the kitchen. Never leave an oven or stove on or with the door open for room heat.
  • Wipe up spills immediately. Keep the floor dry so that no one slips and falls.
  • Prevent Grease Fires. Never add water to a pan that has hot oil in it. It could make the oil spatter and burn someone. Throw baking soda or flour on a grease fire.
  • Never cook in loose clothes and keep long hair tied back. You don’t want anything accidentally catching fire (not to mention hair ending up in the food!).
  • Don’t let temperature-sensitive foods sit out in the kitchen. Raw meat, fish, and certain dairy products can spoil quickly, so refrigerate, or freeze them right away.
  • 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.
  • Don’t get burned. Keep dish towels, pot holders and oven mitts away from the stove.
  • Watch out for incorrectly placed pans. 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.
  • Get a fire extinguisher for your kitchen. This device may not do much for your cherries jubilee, but it can avert a disaster. Make sure you know how to use it before a fire breaks out. You can’t waste any time reading the directions amidst the flames.
  • Unplug it. Always be sure the blender is unplugged before touching the blades.

Kitchen safety is vital. It can prevent you or someone you love from being injured. Don’t take risk in the kitchen by failing to use safety measures. As you can see, it’s more than gadgets, it’s about paying attention. For more kitchen safety tips, as well as tools designed to make kitchen jobs easier, check out AbleMart, and other kitchen resources.

Many websites provide additional information on the topic of kitchen safety. One such site worth visiting is

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