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8 Basic Rules Of Kitchen Safety
07.04.21

8 Basic Rules Of Kitchen Safety

8 Basic Rules Of Kitchen Safety

For many of us, the kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the house. It’s a place to entertain guests, create delicious meals and make family memories. That being said, it can also be the most dangerous room in the home.

In fact, a recent poll found that 60% of Brits experienced a mishap in the kitchen over a 12 month period. What’s more concerning is the fact that more than 67,000 children experience an accident in the kitchen every year. Interestingly, the five most common accidents to occur in the kitchen are:

  • Cutting your hand with a knife when preparing food
  • Slipping in spilt liquids
  • Skin contact when cooking with chilli peppers
  • Cutting yourself while washing up
  • Burning yourself

So while cooking and spending time in your kitchen might be fun, you must observe the rules of kitchen safety and get good habits in place.

To help you do this, we at First Reaction have put together this guide of the eight basic kitchen safety rules you need to be following at all times.

Store knives safely

With knives being one of the biggest causes of accidents in the kitchen, you need to make sure these are always stored away safely. Especially if you have young children living in your house. This means storing them carefully in a drawer or putting them back in a wooden knife block.

If you have a knife block, it’s also important to make sure that this is pushed to the back of the work surface and out of reach of children.

Clean spills up immediately

We’ve already mentioned that slipping in the kitchen is one of the biggest risks which is why it is so important to clean up spills immediately. Do not leave them until you’ve finished cooking or whatever it is you may be doing at that time.

Keep a mop, towel or kitchen roll to hand so you can deal with these spills quickly and effectively.

Think about what you’re wearing

You should never cook in loose clothing or large, dangling jewellery. It’s also a good idea to keep your long hair tied back. This will stop anything from accidentally catching on fire (not to mention getting in your food).

Turn pan handles to the back of the stove

This is probably something you were told at a young age, yet you’d be surprised how many people still neglect this basic rule of kitchen safety. You must make sure that when you’re cooking all pan handles are turned towards the back of the stove and not overhanging it.

This stops children from reaching up and grabbing these, pulling boiling food or water down onto themselves. It also means adults can’t accidentally bump into these and knock them over when moving around the kitchen.

Do not leave children unattended

Perhaps you’ve just popped out to answer the door or grab your phone but in that short time that you’re gone, unattended children could be at risk. With so many dangerous objects in the kitchen, it is best to avoid running the risk altogether and make sure that children are never left unattended in the kitchen.

If you have to leave the room, make sure to take them out with you and close the door behind you.

Ensure you have a fire extinguisher and/or blanket

They might ruin your dinner but believe us, you’ll be grateful you had a fire extinguisher or fire blanket to hand in the case of an emergency. These are important tools that can help you to manage and stop a fire before it gets out of control.

Just be sure you know how these items work ahead of time. The last thing you need should a fire break out is to be scrambling to read the instructions and wasting precious time.

Clean your oven and grill regularly

Another way to prevent a kitchen fire is to ensure you clean your oven and grill thoroughly. This can stop grease and fat from building up and becoming a possible catalyst for a fire. Yet despite this, a study from Electrical Appliances First found that 17% of people in the UK haven’t cleaned their oven and grill in over a year.

Don’t forget about your electrical appliances

Finally, the same study found that 94% of electrical fires in the home are caused by misuse of appliances in the kitchen. The most common appliance mishaps are caused by cookers, ovens, grills and toasters, yet a worrying 20% of people have admitted to falling asleep whilst they had food cooking.

Although it might seem like a useful thing to do, you should never leave your kitchen appliances running overnight or whilst you’re not in the house. This includes tumble dryers and washing machines as well as the more obvious appliances like ovens, hobs and hotplates.

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