Each week, CDChoices’ Peer Mentor shares tips on our social media. This week’s #TipTuesday involves workplace safety in the home.
#TipTuesday: Consumers/DRs: teach your staff how to stay safe in the kitchen to prevent serious injury. Even if an employee exhibits confidence about tasks required of them, it’s still a good idea to go over some basic kitchen safety rules to avoid injury.
TOP 10 KITCHEN SAFETY TIPS:
- Eliminate tripping hazards.
- Keep children & pets out of the area when cooking/cleaning.
- Be aware of loose rugs on the floor.
- Dress properly.
- Wear sturdy shoes.
- No flammable clothing.
- No long, flowy sleeves.
- Always use potholders/oven mitts (even on items being pulled out of the microwave).
- Don’t use a wet potholder or oven mitt, as it may transmit heat & burn you.
- Always take your time when moving hot pots, pans, or dishes.
- Learn how to use knives & treat them with respect.
- Cut food slowly when chopping & slicing.
- Use your non-dominant hand (with fingers curled under) to hold the food.
- Consider having a cut-resistant safety glove for your employee to use when cutting/chopping.
- Handle equipment properly.
- Never use an appliance that has a frayed cord.
- Keep small appliances dry & away from water.
- Never use your fingers to release something caught in food processor blades or mixers.
- Be aware of surroundings.
- Make a habit of closing cabinet doors to avoid accidentally walking into them.
- Clean up spills promptly.
- Hold a pan you’re spraying with cooking spray over the sink to prevent making the floor slippery.
- Prevent burns.
- Stir away from your body (using a slotted spoon) to avoid scooping hot food toward yourself.
- Use great caution lifting & carrying pots of boiling water from the stove to the sink.
- Be careful of steam – it can burn just as easily as hot liquid or a hot burner.
- Be cautious around covered microwaved foods & foods that have been cooked in packets.
- Use caution around hot stove burners.
- Always keep pot handles turned away from the front of the stove to prevent them from being bumped and then spilling hot food.
- Don’t leave food unattended.
- Never leave the house when food is cooking or baking (except for a slow cooker).
- In case of fire.
- Have a fire extinguisher handy and know how to use it before you need it.
- Learn about the different types of fires and the most effective way to get them under control.
(Adapted from: https://woodsinsurance.com/top-kitchen-safety-tips/)
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