How to play it safe in the kitchen.
Do you love spending time in the kitchen? It is usually the gathering place for parties and get togethers at home.
Keep these kitchen safety tips in mind next time you are cooking in the kitchen:
- When cooking, wash hands in hot and soapy water before and after handling any type of food. Instead of using a dish towel to dry your hands (which is most filled with bacteria from previous uses) use paper towel.
- While cooking and preparing food, clean your counters thoroughly to eliminate any raw meat or the juices they may have left behind.
- Do not leave children unattended in the kitchen. There are many dangerous items, such as knives, hot liquid, electrical appliances, hot pots and more.
- When you leave the kitchen, make sure all appliances used for cooking are turned off and unplugged if possible.
- Turn pot handles inward when cooking so they cannot be reached or pulled down by children.
- When cooking with a frying pan, use a screen to prevent hot oil from splattering. If your grease happens to catch fire, cover the pan with a lid. Do not add water to the pan – you can also try putting baking soda or flour on a grease fire.
- Make sure to put foods that can spoil in the kitchen refrigerator after using them. Do not let them sit on the counter as they can spoil and cause illness if consumed.
- Put foods gently into boiling water so it will not splash on you.
- Keep loose clothes, long sleeves and long hair away from hot burners along with dish towels, potholders and recipes. They might catch fire.