Kitchen And Food Safety

How NOT To Hurt Yourself

Preventing Kitchen Accidents

There are 6 types of common kitchen accidents, which include cuts, slips and falls, burns, shocks, fires, shocks, and poisoning.


Cuts:

  • Keep knives separate from other utensils
  • Use cutting boards to food/ table clean, and unscratched
  • Wash knives and other sharp objects separately, and wash knives in clear, clean water
  • Keep knives sharp. sharp knives are less likely to slip, and are safer than dull knives
  • Extend the handle when giving knives to other people

Slips And Falls:

  • If you spill something, wipe it up right away
  • Don't run in the kitchen
  • Close cabinets after use to avoid injury

Burns:

  • Don't touch pans to test if they're hot
  • Be careful around pots on stoves. pretend all pots and pans are hot to avoid injury
  • Use Oven Mitts or Pot Holders when taking things out of the oven
  • Open lids away from yourself
  • Don't add water to hot oil to avoid grease fires
  • Ensure stoves and ovens are off after use

Fires:

  • Keep flammable objects away from fires
  • Don't wear loose clothes
  • Tie back long hair
  • Don’t leave stoves unattended
  • Don’t plug in too much appliances
  • Make sure area around burners and elements are clean

Shocks:

  • Make sure hands are dry before handling appliances
  • Keeps cords away from water
  • Grip plug when unplugging, not the wire
  • Don’t use appliances if chords are torn, frayed, or cracked
  • Keep metal away from toasters

Poisoning:

  • Keep chemicals/ cleaning products away from food
  • Don’t put products in different containers
  • Do not mix chemicals together

What To Do In an Emergency

Treating A Cut:

  1. Put hand under running water
  2. Defect cut with mild soap
  3. Apply pressure with a paper towel till bleeding stops
  4. Cover cut with bandage, or gauze and tape
  5. If you can still work, put hand in a disposable glove, and continue

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Treating A Burn:

  1. Put hand under cold water for 10-20 minutes
  2. Defect area with mild soap, and water
  3. Wrap burn in a nice, clean towel
  4. Do not pop blisters (they will heal)

All About Food borne Illness

What are food borne illnesses?

Food borne illnesses (FBI) also known as food poisoning, is when you eat contaminated foods, and afterwards face symptoms such as stomach pains, nausea, and could cause even death. some causes of FBI's can include improper handling of food, preparation, or improper storage. Food borne illnesses can also be caused by a large variety of toxins effected by environment. Some toxins include: Nematodes,Platyhelminthes, and Protozoa.

A good way to prevent getting an FBI, is to refrigerate food. Bacteria in food can grow exponentially, so throw it out if its been out for more than 2 hours. Avoid cross contamination by keeping appliances clean, and making sure any raw ingrediants do not touch other things. Finally, keep this rule in mind "When in doubt, throw it out!". if you are not sure if a food is good, just throw it out, because chances are if you are questioning he food, it probably went bad.

Preventing Food Borne Illness

Because food borne illnesses are bacteria, proper hand washing is one of the strongest defenses against food borne illnesses. Also, clean utensils can prevent bacteria from previous foods coming intact with other foods. Also, proper storage and thawing on poultry and vegetables makes the food vulnerable to bacteria, so cook it right away!
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