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It’s Christmas Eve and everyone is busy doing last minute shopping for the big day. In many households, Christmas Day is a day of many dishes and beverages, including Caribbean favourites like ham and turkey.
However, because of how hectic it can get on Christmas Day, this can lead to accidents in the kitchen and this is why we have put together 5 Kitchen Safety Tips to help you stay on track and stay safe:
1. Unplug all appliances after use – It is easy to forget to unplug appliances after use and this can lead to the plug burning out over time. Not only can this damage your appliances but can also lead to fires. Ensure that all appliances are unplugged immediately after use, including blenders, toaster ovens, cake mixers, food processors and juicers.
2. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby – Fire extinguishers are a must in all households, and particularly important in the kitchen where fires are more likely to happen. Grease fires in particular require the use of fire extinguishers to out completely.
3. Clean up spillage immediately – A spill might go unnoticed or forgotten during the cooking process, but this spill can lead to slipping which can cause serious bodily harm. When a spill happens, immediately clean up using a dry paper towel or mop and ensure the area is completely dry before resuming cooking.
4. Turn pot handles away from the front of the stove – One of the most common injuries to encounter in the kitchen is scalding. To alleviate this, always turn the pot handles away from the front of the stove to prevent from accidental touching. This is also useful for households with children who may be curious to touch.
5. Use proper knife techniques – When using a knife, always follow these simple techniques in order to minimise injury and maximise productivity:
- Position the knife away from your body to prevent bodily harm
- Use a chopping board to cut ingredients evenly
- Keep your blades sharp with regular sharpening
- Dry knives before using to avoid slipping
- Keep knives in secured draw when not in use
We hope these 5 Kitchen Safety Tips make your Christmas Cooking a safe one this year!
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