Most women enjoy cooking and would love to earn the praise of all the family members for their culinary skills. After years of cooking for more than just one person, they do get used to getting work done in the kitchen on time and yet leave the kitchen spic and span. However, who would disagree that kitchen is one part of the house where the most number of accidents are bound to occur? All it takes for your prime time cooking to turn into a major disaster is a bit of oil spilled on the floor and an over enthusiastic child running around. Also, many people tend to keep the first aid box at places where it just doesn’t belong, for instance the living room or the storehouse, instead of keeping them at places like the kitchen where most accidents occur and where a first aid kit would come in handy. Also, it is often alarming to see people allow their pets inside the kitchen who are, in fact a greater danger to the whole scenario than even the children. All it takes for the grownups of the house is a bit of caution to observe certain safety tips themselves but also gently and firmly uphold it in front of the children and the pets. Here are some safety rules for working in the kitchen.
Basic Kitchen Safety Tips
Here are a few basic kitchen safety tips that you must remember
No Kids; No Pets
It is a no brainer that children and pets do not belong in the kitchen and neither is the kitchen their playground to playpen. The only time when kids should be seen in the kitchen are when they’re helping you with the cooking; children younger than seven years should be exempt even from helping you with the dishes. Kids as well as pets are not only a huge distraction, but also highly prone to injuries. They can hurt themselves by getting into raw food, may cause hot pots to fall down, or may cause you to trip while you carry something heavy or breakable. When your kids show an interest in cooking and you’d like to teach them, make sure they learn the most simple recipes first, the ones that don't involve a lot of cutting, heat, or appliances. Never carry your baby or child into the kitchen while you work. Another thing to remember is that the children must be taught to respect the kitchen. It's not a place for horseplay or fighting, which will only cause more accidents and injuries.
Haste Cooks Up Waste
Rushing around the kitchen, trying to get work done is one of the most popular imageries that children have of their mothers. Young girls end up following this example from their mothers and wish to rush around the kitchen too, without realising the potential dangers. Rushing is, by far, the worst practice as not only can it cause you to hurt yourself as you drop a huge cauldron of Sambar, it can also bring to a null and void all the hours of effort you put into preparing food for the family.
No Weight Lifter
Even Karnam Malleswari knows her limits when it comes to weightlifting – you aren’t half as strong or trained as her. So if you cannot lift a large vessel, ask for help. It could be a large vessel or even a large appliance. When cooking for a large number of people, which is when you may bring out the largest vessels that you possess, do not shy away from asking for help.
Clean Spills Quick
If you leave unattended spills for too long, they may cause someone to slip on them – you may slip on them yourself. It is best to clean all kitchen spills as soon as you can, to avoid both accidents as well as to have cleaner floors before the spill dries up. Vegetable and plant peels and oil are dangerous because they cause you to fall, but water spilling is a death knoll, especially if you’re using electrical appliances.