We love our kitchen. It is where we prepare our sumptuous meals. Families love to bond in this room as they prepare and eat food. The kitchen is a great room in the house but it also contains a lot of stuff that can cause problems and injuries. This makes it vital for us to learn how to observe safety in the kitchen. This is not limited to cooking alone. It also includes safety in terms of handling the appliances as well as the utensils.
The main threat in the kitchen is fire. It is possible for a fire to start there because of the different things found in the kitchen. There cooking stove fueled by gas or electricity, which are two highly flammable items. The live flame used when cooking can also cause a fire to break out especially when a flammable object is placed next to it. This is why you need to watch where you place the combustible items such as the plastic and wooden ladles, the potholders, rags, paper towels and wrappers. You should also keep the alcoholic ingredients away from the live flame.
Aside from keeping the said items away from the flame, it is also important that the kitchen have fire safety equipment. You should have a fire blanket or extinguisher nearby so that you can easily put out a fire once it starts. The equipment should be somewhere accessible so that you will not take time in finding and reaching for it. Do not place them near the things that will possibly start fire.
Aside from fire, you should be careful of other things in that area too. There are other things in the kitchen that can cause injury. Take note that there are heavy objects there. If you are not careful, they could fall and hurt you. Pointed and sharp objects are also threat to your safety. A good example is the knife. If you do not store it properly, your children could get to it and they can hurt themselves and other people. So make sure that you keep the knife and similar objects out of their reach.
You also have to pay attention on how your kitchen appliances are arranged. You should be able to access everything that you regularly use. If you are having a hard time reaching for some of the appliances, there is a greater chance that you will tip over some of the items on its way. This may lead to accidents and eventually to injuries.
It is important that you are firm with your house rules especially with the doís and doníts in the kitchen. Children should not be allowed to run around there. Family members who are using the kitchen should make sure that they pay attention to what they are preparing. This will prevent them from burning what they are cooking and prevent fire altogether. They should also wear proper attire when cooking. They should not wear lose tops and shirts with long sleeves. The flames can easily catch on the fabrics, which can cause injury.
We love our kitchen. However, we ought to be safe there to prevent problems in the future.
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