Kitchen Safety

Kitchen Safety Cooks a Good Dinner

How to Prevent Accidents

  • Keep hair, loose clothing, jewelry, or apron strings from dangling.
  • Pay attention to your tasks
  • Use the right tool for each job

How to Prevent Cuts

  • Use a cutting board
  • Do not try ti catch a falling knife
  • Use knifes only to cut food
  • Do not swing your arms when walking with a knife
  • Wash knifes separately from other dishes
  • Store knifes in a knife block, rack, or drawer divider
  • Use a can opener that makes a smooth edge
  • Throw away chipped or cracked plates and glasses
  • Never pick up broken glass with bare fingers

How to Prevent Falls, Bruises, and Back Injuries

  • Clean up spills immediately

How to Prevent Electrical Shocks and Burns

  • Keep electrical appliances and cords away from water, the sink, the stove, and other sources
  • Never use electrical appliances when your hands are are wet or when you are standing on a wet floor
  • Unplug appliances before cleaning them
  • Keep appliances and their cords in good condition
  • Hold the plug, not the cord, when you unplug the appliance
  • Do not run electrical cords under a rug
  • If food gets stuck in an appliance, disconnect it first
  • Never insert a fork or object into an appliance
    Do not plug too many appliances into one outlet
  • If someone around you gets shocked, do not touch them until it is safe

How to Prevent Burns and Fires

  • Wear close-fitting clothes
  • Keep flammable materials at least 3 feet away from the range
  • Keep equipment clean
  • Use dry potholders and oven mitts to handle hot items
  • Turn pot and pan handlers toward the center of the range
  • Watch foods carefully while they cook on the range
  • Tilt the cover of a hot pan so steam flows away from you
  • Wait until appliances cool before cleaning them
  • Stand to one side as you open a hot oven
  • Keep aerosol cans away from heat
  • Keep a fire extinguisher nearby and learn how to use it

How to Prevent Poisoning

  • Keep food away from pesticides
  • Point spray containers away from people
  • Keep household chemicals in their original containers
  • Never mix chemicals or store them near food

Hoe to Handle Kitchen Emergencies

  • Keep emergency telephone number by the telephone
  • Keep a first-aid kit nearby
  • Have an action plan in case of a fire
  • Learn the Heimlich maneuver
  • Learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation

How to Put Out a Kitchen Fire

  • Use the right fire extinguisher to put out a small fire
  • Use baking soda, salt, or a fire extinguisher to put out a grease fire
  • Put the cover on a pan or close an appliance door if food is burning inside
  • Leave a burning pan on the range
  • Turn off the heat source or disconnect the appliance
  • If your clothing i on fire, stop what you are doing, drop to the ground, and rool back and forth to put out any flames
  • Leave if the fire seems out of control