Are you living in a hazard zone? You may think you are safe from danger, secure in your own home, but statistics show that lacerations and cuts account for over one million emergency room visits every year making kitchen dangers one of the top causes for injury, ill health and even death.
Home fires, often started by frying in the kitchen, kill nearly 500 people every year and injure another 5,000. Other kitchen dangers come from the most unlikely sources, so check out this list and make sure you do not become one of the frightening home accident statistics.
People get hurt every day when they put their hands down the drain to try and retrieve something that has fallen into the waste disposal unit. Make sure the waste disposal is turned off, preferably by disconnecting the circuit breaker and use a safety glove for extra protection.
Kitchen dangers from knives
Keeping knives sharp is actually the best way to avoid cutting yourself. A dull knife can slip as you push, hack and strain to get it through the food. Top tips for avoiding kitchen dangers from knives include keeping your eye on what you are cutting and when you put the knife away, preferably in a protective sheath. Don’t attempt to catch a falling knife; stepping back and letting it fall to the floor is far safer than trying to grasp it.
Sharp blades whizzing at speed can have mighty power. To avoid kitchen dangers from blenders, keep the appliance unplugged when not in use. Never try to pick out food while plugged in and always use a spoon or spatula rather than your fingers.
Peelers and graters are super-sharp ready to slice thin slivers off anything they come into contact with. Ouch! Good techniques keep fingers safe, so always peel away from you or downwards into a sink or garbage bin. With standing graters, ensure you have a good grip on the handle and grate your food in even movements. Near the end, go extra slowly to keep knuckles and fingertips safe.
Cutting boards need to be stable on rubber feet or a wet cloth to avoid movement during chopping which can cause a knife slip. It's also important to use anti-bacterial spray or wipes to kill harmful bacteria and germs that love to breed on food remains. Keep one cutting board especially for meats; and a different cutting board for fruits and vegetables.
Loose clothes including ties, scarves and floppy sleeves have no place in the kitchen. These kitchen hazards can catch on knobs, jerking the wrist dangerously when holding a pan of scalding water or oil. They are also a fire hazard when working over a hot stovetop or a naked flame.
Wet floors are a kitchen danger
Floors should be kept clean, dry and grease-free to avoid causing a slip or fall. Keep the kitchen floor clutter-free to avoid tripping. If you must have a mat, make sure it is non-slip and has no upturned edges.
Thinking about kitchen dangers and implementing good practices can prevent a nasty accident or even death. It's worth taking extra care to keep you and your family safe.