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How to prevent kitchen accidents

Kitchens are the heart of a home but they’re also home to a lot of equipment that can pose safety hazards. Here are some tips from safety pros that will keep you out of the emergency room.

Cooking fires

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying or grilling. If you are simmering, baking or roasting, remain at home and check the food often.Set the timer as a reminder.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire – pot holders, towels, food packaging – away from the stovetop.
  • If a fire starts in the oven, turn it off and leave the door closed.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher handy. If the fire gets out of hand leave the house and call for help.

Knife cuts

  • Keep knives sharpened. Dull knives are actually more dangerous than sharp ones, because they require more pressure to use and their worn edge can cause the knife to slip off food and into your fingers.
  • Cut away from your body, keeping the fingers of the hand holding the food curled toward the palm.
  • Store knives in a block, not in a drawer, where they can easily slice fingers.

Shattering cookware

  • Don’t take the dish directly from the freezer to the oven or vice versa.
  • Don’t add liquid after the dish is hot or put a hot dish on a cold or damp surface.
  • Stop using a dish that’s chipped or cracked.

Food processor lacerations

  • Don’t leave motorized models on for a long time; they can overheat.
  • Never reach into a slicer or a chopper. There is no need to hand wash and subject your fingers to injury; many parts are dishwasher-safe – including blades.

Microwave oven burns

  • Be careful when removing a wrapper or cover on a microwaved dish; steam can escape and cause a nasty burn.
  • Food can heat unevenly in a microwave, so use caution when touching or tasting.
  • Boil water on the stove. Superheated water in the microwave may appear placid but can violently erupt.
Source: Consumer Reports
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