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Chapter 20. Preventing Kitchen Accidents . Kitchen Safety Basics . Do not let hair, sleeves, or apron dangle: could catch fire or get tangled in appliances. Keep your mind focused in what you are doing. Prevent clutter: put items back when you are finished with them.

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Chapter 20

Chapter 20

Preventing Kitchen Accidents


Kitchen safety basics

Kitchen Safety Basics

  • Do not let hair, sleeves, or apron dangle: could catch fire or get tangled in appliances.

  • Keep your mind focused in what you are doing.

  • Prevent clutter: put items back when you are finished with them.

  • Close drawer/cabinets after you open them

  • Use the right tool for the job

  • Store heavy items on low shelves


Preventing falls

Preventing Falls

  • Many accidents occur because of what is on the floor.

  • To prevent falls, keep the floor clean and free of clutter.

    • Wipe up spills, splatters, and peelings

    • Don’t wear untied shoes, floppy slippers, or long clothing.


Handling sharp edges

Handling Sharp Edges

  • Cuts are an everyday hazard for the cook.

    • Keep knives sharp and use them properly

    • Use a drawer divider or knife rack for sharp tools

    • Don’t try to catch a falling knife

    • Don’t soak knives or sharp items in a sink with other utensils.


Preventing fires and burns

Preventing Fires and Burns

  • The range is the most likely place for fires or burns.

    • 1. Use pot holders or oven mitts

    • 2. When uncovering a pan; lift away from your face.

    • 3. Use only pots/pans in good condition

    • 4. Keep pan handles turned toward the back or middle to prevent spills/burns.

    • 5. Keep flammable items away from range

    • 6. Do not use plastic items near range

    • 7. Arrange oven racks properly before turning on heat

    • 8. Don’t reach into a hot oven; pull out rack

    • 9. Make sure to turn off appliances when finished

    • 10. Never leave appliances unattended.


If a fire starts

If A Fire Starts

  • Range top or electric skillet:

    • Turn off the heat. Put the cover on the pan or pour salt or baking soda on the flames. **Never use water –the grease will splatter and burn you.

  • Oven, broiler, microwave, toaster oven:

    • Turn off or disconnect the appliance. Keep the oven door closed until the fire goes out.

    • ***Do not open the oven door!!! ***

  • NEVER attempt to carry a pan with burning contents.


Handling electricity and chemicals

Handling Electricity and Chemicals

  • Electricity

    • Water and electricity don’t mix.

      • Combined they can cause serious shock. Never use an appliance with wet hands. Keep all appliances away from water.

    • Avoid damage to electrical cords.

      • Even a single exposed wire can cause a fire. Never try to disconnect an appliance by pulling on the cord.

    • Use outlets properly

      • Plugging in to many appliances can cause a fire

    • Use care with any plugged-in appliance.

      • Never put your fingers or a kitchen took inside an appliance that is plugged in. May cause shock, or injury.

    • Watch for problems.

      • Don’t try to use a damaged appliance.


Household chemical safety

Household Chemical Safety

  • Include: oven cleaners, lighter fluid, drain cleaners, pesticides, and polishes.

    • Some can cause burns, difficulty breathing, and poisoning.

  • Always read the label carefully before purchasing household cleaners.

  • NEVER mix different chemical products.

    • Can combing and cause toxic fumes.

  • Be sure to keep chemicals away from children and from coming in contact with food.


Cooking outdoors safely

Cooking Outdoors Safely

  • Burning coals can generate up to 1,000 degrees F.

    • Gives off large amount of carbon monoxide

      • Odorless, highly poisonous gas

  • Tips

    • Start with clean grill

      • Clean with a bristled brush

    • Level surface

      • Tip over-fire hazard

    • Fire Extinguisher

    • Always use outside

    • Do not use lighter fluid

      • Could trigger an explosion

    • Let coals burn to ashes when finished


Protecting family members

Protecting Family Members

  • Children:

    • Children like to be where the adults are, especially when working in the kitchen.

      • NEVER leave young children alone in the kitchen

      • Protect toddlers by using safety latches

      • Teach children to stay away from heat sources

      • If children want to help; set up a table for them to work at

      • Model safe working habits


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  • Elderly or Handicapped

    • Changes in the workspace or equipment can help those with difficulties.

      • Keep a magnifying glass in the kitchen

      • Re-label in larger prints

      • Add more lighting

      • Store frequently used item in easy-to reach places

      • Use non-breakable dishes

      • Add a cart with wheels in the kitchen to help move things around.


Handling emergencies

Handling Emergencies

  • In spite of all precautions.. Accidents do happen.

  • Keep a list of emergency numbers next to the phone in the kitchen

  • Keep a first-aid kit and book with instructions handy.


First aid techniques

First Aid Techniques

  • Heimlich Maneuver

    • Used in case of choking

  • CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

    • Used if a person’s breathing and heart beat have stopped.

  • Knowing these techniques can help save a life!


Just in case

Just in Case….

  • If an accident does happen….

    • Stay calm

      • Panic will only keep you from thinking clearly

    • Take a few deep breaths

      • Get yourself under control

    • Never hesitate to call for help

      • Better to ask for help and not need it, than to try to handle something on your own


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