Basic Kitchen Safety Rules
While preparing food and making your favourite dish in the kitchen is fun and enjoyable, it is important to follow basic kitchen safety rules.
There are countless hazards lying around which could lead to an accident and injury. From sharp knives that could be left lying around, being exposed to an open flame from the oven or stovetop, the use of electrical appliances, and even bacteria in your kitchen.
To prevent harm to yourself and to those around you, it is vital that we pay attention to what we are doing, what is going on around us (especially if there are kids nearby), have a proper plan and system in place when cooking, and have the right safety equipment.
Kitchen Safety Rules
When it comes to kitchen safety rules, here are a few quick tips to adhere to:
Store knives appropriately, in either a knife case or block or in a drawer out of reach of children.
Avoid any loose-fitting clothes that could get in the way or catch on to an object. And keep your hair tied back.
No dangling jewelry.
- Always use potholders whenever using the oven, and stay away from the flame.
- Keep pot handles turned away from the front to avoid accidentally knocking the pot off the stove, or from kids grabbing the handles.
Temperature-sensitive food like raw meat, fish, and certain dairy products need to be quickly put away before they go off, or contaminate other ingredients.
- Any spills should be wiped immediately to prevent any accidents.
- Separate raw meat and poultry from other ingredients to avoid cross-contamination.
- Always wash your hands before you start handling food, and when handling raw meat or poultry, wash your hands again before handling other ingredients to avoid cross-contamination.
- Have a fire extinguisher on hand in the off chance a fire breaks out.
Knife Safety Rules
Now that we’ve covered the basic kitchen safety rules, here are a few quick rules to playing it safe when it comes to knives.
Keep your knives sharp by sharpening occasionally. Dull knives can slip and put you at risk of losing control and cutting yourself. you to exert extra force and dull knives cut
- Always slice away from your hands and watch your fingertips. If you slip or miss when cutting, you don’t want your hand to catch the knife.
- When mincing, always keep the tip of the knife on the chopping board.
- When chopping, curl your fingers under and hold the food with your fingertips, while using your knuckles to guide the blade.
Steak knives are extremely sharp and are meant for cutting meat. Always pay extra caution.
- Don’t be tempted to lick off any spreads or cream cheese off the knife. It really can cut your tongue.
- Make sure your chopping board is secure. If it doesn’t have grip, put a damp towel underneath when cutting.
- Never slice anything freehand over the sink.
- If you do happen to cut yourself, quickly wash the cut, apply pressure, raise the cut above your head until the bleeding stops, and then apply antibiotic cream and wrap over with a bandage.
Staying safe requires paying attention, having a plan when in the kitchen, and having the right tools for the job.
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