Safety in the Kitchen The keys to preventing kitchen accidents are careful kitchen management and safe work habits Kitchen Hazards Falls Electrical Shock Cuts
Burns Poisoning General Safety Guidelines Do not let hair, jewelry, or sleeves dangle, catch fire or get tangled in appliances Keep your mind on what you are doing Prevent clutterclean up as you go
Close drawers and doors Use the right tool for the job Store heavy or bulky items on low shelves Falls Keep floors clean and free of clutter. Wipe up spills, splatters and peelings Tie shoes, avoid long clothes, floppy slippers
Use a ladder or step stool instead of a chair Cuts Consumer product safety commission estimates that over 137,000 people receive hospital treatment for injuries from kitchen knives each year
Cuts Keeps knives sharp and use properly Use a drawer divider or knife rack for sharp cutting tools Dont try to catch a falling knife Dont soak knives in the sink or dishpan Sweep up broken glass from the floor using a broom and dustpan
Use wet paper towel instead of bare fingers Electrical Safety Appliances save both time and work in the kitchen but, they are a source of shock, burns and other injuries Electrical Shock
Water and electricity dont mix Avoid damage to electrical cordstugging on cord, stapling, or burn them Use outlets properlyoverloading polarized plugs (one blade wider than the other) Use care with any plugged appliance Watch for problems
Hazardous Chemicals Cause burns, breathing difficulties, and poisoning Read labels Never transfer hazardous products to another container Never mix different chemical compounds Never mix compounds such as
bleach/ammonia Hazardous Chemicals Use charcoal/hibachi outside ONLYgives off carbon monoxide Follow antidote directions in a well ventilated area if poisoning occurs
Fires Every kitchen should have a fire extinguisher Turn off heat, cover pan or pour salt or baking soda on flames Never use watergrease will splatter and burn Never attempt to carry a pan with burning contentsfire deptgo outside
In case of fire Turn off appliance Use baking soda instead of water Use a fire extinguisher If clothing catches on fire, drop to the ground and roll. STOP. DROP. ROLL. Crawl on the ground to get out of a smoke
filled room Burn First Aid Cool it with cold water/prolonged ice will freeze tissue Avoid ointments, grease and oil (contributes to the cooking process of the burn)
Choking Heimlich maneuver CPRif person has stopped breathing and heart has stopped
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