Sunday, 24 January 2010

Accidents in the kitchen

Many accidents occur in the kitchen, this should not come as a surprise when you consider the mix of electricity, gas, water, sharp utensils, chemical cleaning products and the numerous appliances all in a fairly confined area. So what can be done to minimise the chances of accidents occuring in the kitchen, below are a few ideas.

- put cleaning materials out of the reach of children (consider using cabinet locks)

- to prevent slipping ensure that floors are not left wet and any liquid spilt is wiped up straight away

- always use kitchen steps to reach items in high places

- keep knives out of the reach of children and to avoid cuts store sharp knives in a knife holder

- keep electrical leads away from the sink and cooker areas

- always turn pan handles inwards to prevent a child from pulling them over, but do not put the handle over a heat source

- it may be wise to tie back long hair and not wear loose fitting sleeves when cooking in the kitchen.

- make sure you understand how equipment works before using it

- before cleaning equipment make sure it is unplugged

One type of kitchen accident is responsible for one fifth of domestic fires and injures 4,000 people each year, that is when oil/fat in a pan catches fire, in the next blog we will look at what to do if you are confronted by such a fire and what can be done to prevent it from happening.

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