Safety Hints Around the Kitchen

There can always be a mistake, and someone in the kitchen, preferably you, should be trained in at least basic first aid.

Tips for Kitchen Safety:

  • Never use the kitchen in a hurry. Always remain calm as haste leads to accidents
  • Turn off the gas and regulators after use. Regularly check the gas, pipes and replace anything with the slightest wear and tear.
  • Keep a list of emergency numbers handy, preferably in one area like on the front of the refrigerator. Inform everyone at home that it is there.
  • Clean up spills immediately before someone slips and falls.
  • Avoid using curtains in the kitchen.
  • Avoid using extension cords, as wires strewn across the floor may cause someone to trip,and fall down over the oven or anything else that may cause serious injury.
  • Switch off the gas before receiving a phone call or answering the doorbell.
  • When deep frying, place the saucepan/kadhai of hot oil on an inside gas burner, so it cannot topple.

Safety Around Kitchen Electricity:

  • Keep your eyes on the electricity in your kitchen, it can electrocute you, or burn your place down if it gets loose
    Keep an eye on all electrical cords. Watch for any breaks or cuts, or frayed areas where the cord passes over an edge or something has sat on it. Repair any damage you find.
  • Don’t overload circuits by using multiple plugs, extension cords or the like. If you have old wiring, it is often a good idea to get it checked by a professional for load carrying capacity.
  • Don’t use appliances near the sink or other water. If one falls in, it can electrocute anyone nearby. If you must have a wall socket near the sink, make sure it has a “Ground Fault Interrupter” type socket assembly.

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