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Keep safe in your kitchen by taking a few simple, inexpensive precautionary steps.
Fires - Kitchen fires can occur when flare ups from the stove extend beyond a safe distance and reach surrounding cabinets, towels or pot holders. Paper or cardboard products such as food packaging, paper plates and napkins ignite immediately. Place a small fire extinguisher underneath your kitchen sink in case of such fires that get out of hand. Do not fan fires with towels or throw water on them. Use baking soda to smother small fires, or quickly drench a towel and spread it out, laying it over the fire to smother it.
Electrical fires also are possible due to countertop equipment such as coffee pots, blenders, food processors and toasters. Periodically check all outlets and equipment plugs to make sure they are not frayed or overloaded.
Know Your Equipment and Handle it Properly- Read instructions that come with appliances and understand how to use them. Never use an appliance that has a frayed cord, and keep small appliances dry and away from water. And never use your fingers to release something caught in food processor blades or mixers.
Knife Safety- Knife safety is a very important step in kitchen safety, and being aware of the dangers of knives can reduce the amount of injuries sustained while preparing food. Knives that are sharper than expected often cause injury to kitchen staff, and a great deal of care should be taken when using them. Maintaining knives' sharpness can help reduce injuries by keeping them consistently sharp. Sharp knives also require less pressure to cut and reduce the amount of accidents from slippage.
Keep children outside - If there are small children present when cooking, it is important to follow several additional kitchen safety procedures. When cooking on a stovetop, it is important to ensure all handles are not outward-facing to prevent small children from grabbing the pot and spilling it on themselves. In addition, it is important to ensure knives are placed far out of reach. When opening the oven, it is important to ensure that children are kept at a great distance to prevent serious burns.
Temperature - Temperatures of refrigerators are often the cause of food-borne illness. Refrigerators that do not chill properly can give bacteria a chance to grow in foods and spoil. In order to keep foods fresh and reduce the chances of bacterial growth, a refrigerator's temperature should be checked regularly to ensure it is chilling foods correctly.
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