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