The kitchen is the hub of activity and is one of the most dangerous places in the home. Not only are you working with hot surfaces and boiling water but in addition there are sharp knives and utensils that can give you a nasty injury in seconds. So below are a few tips to stay safe in the kitchen.
Work surfaces – Make sure your work surfaces are clean and you have plenty of space. Before you start cooking make sure all areas are cleared up and that you have plenty of space to put your hot plates and pans down safely. Indeed make sure that you have heat-resistant mats on the surfaces so nothing gets burnt when you place them on the surfaces.
Your kettle – Do you have a cordless kettle. If not please try to consider purchasing one. They will reduce the risk of you scolding yourself as you will not be catching the cord. It is recommended that you purchase a low capacity kettle which is much lighter to lift when full. Thus avoiding any spills which could result in a nasty burn.
Pans – Make sure saucepan handles don’t stick out – so they don’t get knocked off the stove. Turn the pan handles away from the cooker.
Food cooking times – Always use a time so you do not forget about what is cooking. Ovens and microwaves may have a built-in timer that you can use or why not consider using an egg timer (not just for eggs).
Using the Microwave – Almost all homes now have a microwave. They are excellent for fast, speedy cooking. There are some materials you should never put in a microwave and these include tin, foil, plastic tubs eg yoghurt tubs, or styrofoam plates, bowls or cups.
Know your equipment
We are all guilty of never reading any instructions that come with items we purchase (ok just me then!).
It is essential that we all read the instructions that come with our new appliances. ALways check the appliance and make sure the cord is not frayed. Please keep appliances dry and away from water. Never use your fingers to release something caught in a food processor or mixers. Also blades on food processors can be very sharp and indeed you get a nasty cut if you brush against them.
Lifting a hot-pot of boiling pasta is one of the most dangerous of kitchen techniques. Think about maybe getting a pasta cooker that consists of a strainer inserted into a larger pot. You just lift the pasta out of the water to drain it, instead of moving a heavy pot of boiling water from the stove to sink.
Make sure you keep your dish towels, holders and oven gloves well away from the oven. Never leave hot oil unattended as it is a great fire risk.
If a pan catches fire NEVER throw water on it. Turn off the heat immediately if it is safe to do so. Do not try to put the fire out ourself using a wet tea towel as you could harm yourself. Leave the kitchen and close the door. Alert anyone else in the house to leave and dial 999 (this is the emergency number for UK – just in case I have any none UK readers).
Never leave matches or lighters on lower levels where small children can reach them.
Never leave a room when candles are burning. They should be in a safe place and in flame proof container
These are just a few tips for working in the kitchen to make your meal memorable for the right reasons