Kitchen Dangers

common kitchen dangers


The kitchen is the heart of the home, where families and friends gather to share delicious meals and stories. But it’s also a place of danger. According to Consumer Reports, the holiday season is the busiest time of year for kitchen accidents, but they can occur at any time.

Common Kitchen Dangers

  • The stove top or oven

    Burns range from minor to serious.  Open flames on the stove top can catch clothing, potholders, or dishtowels on fire.  This can lead to a full-blown kitchen fire if not careful, hair and eyebrows can get singed. Grease fires and boiling water pose dangers too. Children can try to climb on it and cause it to tip over, leading to a crushing injury.

  • Dishes, glasses, and cookware

    When dropped, they can break or shatter, causing a hazard to people and pets.   Be sure to get all the broken pieces up, no matter how small. Block off the area until you can confirm removal of each tiny piece.

  • Sharp knives

    This is one of the most common ways people get injured in the kitchen.  Cuts range from minor to those needing stitches.

  • Garbage disposals

    Never stick your hand in a garbage disposal that is running because you could get cut or lose a finger.

  • Blenders and food processors

    People can easily get cut on the very sharp blades. Use a dishwasher instead of trying to clean these small appliances by hand. Make sure they are turned off and unplugged before reaching in.

  • Sponges

    Sponges are full of bacteria and one of the most dangerous things in the kitchen. Run them through the dishwasher weekly and replace them often.

  • Countertops

    Countertops can get contaminated by dirty sponges or dishtowels, spoiled food, or raw meat and seafood.  Keep them clean with vinegar and baking soda or your favorite cleaning product.

  • Food

    If food is left out for too long it can spoil and cause people to get sick; raw meat and seafood can contaminate counter tops, knives, and cutting boards

Be aware of these kitchen dangers and pay attention to what you’re doing at all times to lessen your chance of injury. When it comes to your health, Be Sure.

Fire Safety

When a fire suddenly erupts in your home you have only about two minutes to escape without risk of injury. Within five minutes your home can be engulfed in flames. This means you’ll barely have time to gather your family and pets before you need to get out. Be prepared by having a fire safety plan in place that is revised and practiced by all members of your household twice a year and learn these tips for fire safety.

fire safety tipsThe Red Cross offers these Tips for Fire Safety:

  • Install smoke alarms on each level of your home, inside bedrooms and near sleeping areas
  • Test the smoke alarms monthly, change batteries as needed
  • Practice your fire safety plan twice a year
  • If there’s a fire get out and never go back in for anything or anyone

How to Create a Fire Escape Plan:

  • Find two ways to get out of each room
  • Have a collapsible ladder to escape from upper levels
  • Make sure windows can be opened and screen can pop out quickly
  • Ensure security bars on windows can be opened easily
  • Practice feeling your way out of the house with your eyes closed
  • Teach children how to escape and not fear firefighters

In addition, have digital copies saved of all important documents such as birth certificates and sleep with your bedroom door closed. Buy a fire extinguisher for your kitchen and learn how to use it properly. Learn proper fireplace safety too.

When it comes to your family’s safety, Be Sure.

Family Fitness Advice: How to Keep the Whole Family Fit and Healthy

Obesity is on the rise and most of the U.S. population is overweight. The National Center for Health Statistics says more than 70 percent of U.S. adults over age 20 are classified as overweight or obese. These conditions can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes, and obesity has been linked to certain cancers. One way to end this national epidemic is by focusing on health and fitness at home.

Family Fitness Step 1: Eating Healthy

Health starts in the kitchen. Make meals based on wholesome ingredients instead of packaged food. When it comes to eating produce, focus on a rainbow of colors to get the most nutrients and eat fruits and vegetables that are in season. It’s also a good idea to prepare healthy lunches for work and school. When you’re trying to lose weight, nutrition is far more important than exercise.

Family Fitness Step 2: Exercise

family fitnessWhile abs are made in the kitchen you do need to exercise to improve cardiac fitness, lower your stress levels, and to decrease your risk of illness. You may have heard “sitting is the new smoking” and there is some truth to it. You can join a gym or a run-walk group, or take classes at your local gym. Encourage your kids to get active instead of sitting in front of a computer or TV all the time. On weekends, make fitness a family affair. You can go walking, hiking, bike riding, or jogging in your neighborhood, in a park, or on a local trail. Play chase or catch with the kids in your yard, or go to a local playground. If you can walk there safely, even better! Let the kids take turns choosing a family exercise activity each weekend, that way they’re excited about it.

By making small changes in your family’s meal planning and exercise routine you are giving the gift of health that will benefit you all for years to come.