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Tips For Staying Safe in the Kitchen This Holiday

Tips For Staying Safe in the Kitchen This Holiday

Posted By The Dunnion Law Firm || 22-Nov-2016

The kitchen is the heart of a home, especially during the holidays. Many kitchen equipment items can be very dangerous if they are not used correctly or left unattended. Not only are there multiple sharp objects in use, blenders, food processors, and microwaves, but home fires related to kitchen-use peak through Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Holiday cooking is a lot of fun—but always keep safety a top priority. The last memory that anyone wants to make during the holidays is one that involves an injury. Here are a few tips for staying safe in the kitchen this holiday, brought to you by your personal injury lawyer of San Jose, CA.

Prevent Lacerations

Hundreds of thousands of people throughout the country are cut by kitchen knives and other shop objects during the holiday season, some very seriously. Even if a knife is dull, it is still a dangerous item. In fact, dull knives can be more dangerous than a sharp one. This is because you must apply more pressure to the knife when it is dull in order to cut through food. The knife can slide off, cutting through your finger instead. Here are some rules that you should always follow when using knives in the kitchen:

  • Keep your knives fresh and sharp

  • Put a towel under your cutting board so it does not slip

  • Use a cutting board that is sturdy and not slippery

  • Keep your knives in a block when they are not in use, safely out of reach of children or where they can accidentally cause an injury.

Avoid Cuts from Broken Glass

During the hustle and bustle to get the holiday cooking finished and on the table, glassware is often broken. This can be very disheartening and bring the cooking to an abrupt stop, but your or your family and guests could be injured by the broken glass. To prevent cuts from shattered cookware, follow these guidelines:

  • Always use a good oven mitt or hot pad when handling hot dishes

  • Do not place a glass dish on a hot surface, such as a burner or broiler

  • Do not put a hot dish on a cold surface, and do not put cold liquid inside a hot dish

  • Do not use a dish that is already cracked

Preventing Kitchen Fires and Burns

Kitchen fires and burns are, unfortunately, very common during the holiday season. To prevent fires and burns, you and everyone who is in the kitchen area should be vigilant. Most fires are caused by dishes or cooking equipment that was left unattended. Another main cause is grease, fat or other cooking liquids that can escape while cooking.

  • Always stay in the kitchen when anything is on the stove, and never leave the house when something is in the oven, crockpot or another separate cooker.

  • Keep all flammable objects away from the stove and hot cookers.

  • Have a lid to snuff out grease fires. Carefully slide the lid over the pot or pan and turn the burner off.

  • Do not open the door if a fire has started in the oven. Turn the oven off.

  • Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen and learn how to use it.

  • If a fire becomes out of control, leave the home and call 911.

San Jose Personal Injury Lawyer

Accidents happen in the kitchen during the holidays, but following these tips will help to keep you safe. If you need representation or advice from a personal injury lawyer in San Jose, CA, visit our personal injury page or contact a representative with The Dunnion Law Firm today.
Categories: Personal Injury