A kitchen is a hazardous place and it’s important to know what you’re up against. Many accidents happen when you’re in a kitchen. Whether you’re cooking something, cleaning up after yourself, or just trying to cook in peace and get stuff done, there are always hazards lurking.
In this blog post, we’ll be covering 10 of the most common hazards found in a typical home kitchen.
- Fluid Spills & Water on your Kitchen Floor
The dangers of slippery and wet kitchen floors are not as well documented as other kitchen dangers, but that doesn’t mean they don’t exist.
A study done by the American Society for Testing and Materials (1) found that 14% of the population has fallen because of a slippery floor in their kitchens.
Slippery surfaces can lead to serious injuries like head trauma, which is often fatal. Slippery surfaces also make it difficult to maintain balance, so you could be at risk for falling even if there is no water on the floor or wax residue left behind from cleaning products.
To help prevent falls in your home’s kitchen area, try using mats under major appliances (such as dishwashers). Fluid spills are inevitable, especially with children running around. You need to be able to quickly spot the slipperiest spots so you can avoid them and prevent accidents (and cleanup).
2. Naked Flames & Gas Fires
Kitchens can be a great place to cook and have fun, but they are also high-risk areas for fires. Preventing these fires is crucial in order to keep your family safe.
When cooking, distractions come from all sides. But when a burner is in use, you should not leave the fire unattended. This can be unsafe and lead to fires (a large percentage of home fires are caused by this).
To avoid the most common causes of accidents in your kitchen, never leave any items obstructing walkways.
This includes cables and cords for kitchen appliances that you are not using at the time. Put them off to the side or elsewhere where they will not be a problem!
Knives are a kitchen essential and the most dangerous tool in your kitchen. If you’re not careful, they can cause serious injuries or even be fatal. But with some simple precautions, there’s no need to worry too much about these sharp tools.
Knives are a key part of any kitchen as they allow us to chop, slice, and dice with ease. However, they can be dangerous if not used properly.
There are some important safety tips that should be followed when using knives in the kitchen:
- Always use cutting boards for all food preparation activities which include chopping vegetables or slicing meat.
- Make sure your fingers never come near the blade while you’re chopping or slicing foods.
- Keep children under close supervision at all times when they are around knives.
5. Electrical Equipment
Safety first! Electrical appliances can make life a lot easier, but they’re unsafe if used improperly. Cooking should be quick and easy, but it can become a nightmare with the wrong appliances. Electrical equipment has many risks if you don’t use them properly.
Use them only for the purposes intended and inspect cables, cords, and plugs before using them to ensure that there are no exposed wires or frays in sight.
If you notice any burn marks or other signs of wear-and-tear then don’t use it – have someone repair the item as soon as possible because electrical fires could happen at any time without warning.
6. High Shelves & Storage Units
Always be careful when you have to step on a chair or step ladder to reach high shelves in your kitchen.
Keep your balance when you step up onto the shelf. Stand on a foot so that it’s securely planted, and then use both hands to steady yourself as you reach for what’s hidden in those tall shelves
Always balance yourselves and make sure that your footing is well planted on the ground, or else risk being thrown off of your perch!
7. Multitasking with Multiple Items
Our kitchens are already difficult enough to manage, so why add more mayhem by trying to move too many items at once? If we try and handle everything on our own in the kitchen then not only will it be overwhelming but also unsafe.
It’s important that you don’t take on something if it will be difficult for yourself, so make multiple trips instead and get some assistance from someone else when possible!
8. Oil & Grease
Cleaning oil and grease from hard to reach places not only ensures a cleaner kitchen environment but also helps protect you against the spread of bacteria.
The underside of cooktops, creases in cabinets, gaps between shelves – these are all hotspots that should be targeted during your next clean-up session.
Not only should you check the cooktop, but also beneath it to clean grease and moisture. If not cleaned regularly these hotspots can carry dangerous diseases.
Cleanliness is key!
9. Inappropriate Clothing
There are many benefits of wearing cotton clothes while cooking in your kitchen.
Cotton is a cool and comfortable fabric, which will keep you from getting too hot as the temperatures rise during the summer months. The increased heat level can cause synthetic materials to melt onto your skin, burning yourself.
This is because in the event of a fire if your cloth gets on to it, synthetic material won’t burn away and can melt onto the skin causing high-temperature burns.
10. Carrying Heavy Items
When you are in the kitchen and need to do some heavy lifting, be careful not to overdo it. Heavy lifting can cause injury such as a sprain or muscle strain which is not an easy thing to recover from.
Avoid constantly lifting items when inside the kitchen because it is not always safe, but if you must lift anything be sure to get assistance from someone who knows what they’re doing outside of the cooking space – it’s also important!
We’ve all experienced it or at the very least, heard about it. The horror stories living in a perpetual retelling to friends and family. One missed swipe of water droplets with the hand towel after washing dishes leaves invisible bacteria smeared on the cabinet; this is just one example among a number of other significant health hazards that could be lurking in your kitchen undetected for years!
Remember a clean kitchen is a happy one! We all know that kitchens are the most dangerous room in your house – so this list of 10 things to keep an eye out for will help you to remain safe in your kitchen.