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Top Eight Common Kitchen Accidents & How To Prevent Them

A commercial kitchen is one of the busiest and most hectic rooms in the hopsitality industry. Chefs spend all day in there, dealing with the pressures of busy restaurants, waiting customers, stress & creating the perfect meal. It can be a dangerous place unless proper care and attention is taken.

Here are the top 8 most common kitchen accidents

Cutting Hands When Slicing

When it comes to slicing things such as vegetables or bread, it is common for fingers and hands to be injured. Sharp knives are dangerous so it is important to take care when using them. However, believe it or not, it is usually when knives are not sharp enough that accidents happen. A dull knife can easily slip from the food being cut and result in skin being sliced instead. It is important to make sure knives are sharp so that they will easily cut through the food. Nevertheless, when using sharp knives, care should be taken to slice away from the hand that is holding the food. When holding food that is being sliced, you should curl your fingers and only hold the food with the tip of your thumb and forefinger.

Slipping On Wet Floors

Water and other liquids often spill on to kitchen floors; unless these spillages are cleaned up immediately, there is a risk of a fall. As well as the chance of injuries from a fall, there is also the risk of knocking over items such as boiling pans during the fall, which could result in severe burns. Take care when washing up to avoid spilling water and make sure that boiling pots do not overflow and spill on to the floor. Avoid overfilling pots with water, as this will minimise the chances of it boiling over. Moreover, if for any reason you do have spillages, make sure to clean them up as soon as possible to prevent anyone else from entering the kitchen and slipping.

Burns

Cooking in the kitchen inevitably means dealing with hot ovens and cooker tops, and boiling kettles. These are all potential hazards so it is important to take care. Hot water or oil, naked flames, and hot pots are just some of the ways that people can be burned in the kitchen. Oven gloves should be used when taking items out of the oven and make sure that gas flames on the cooker top are not too high, to avoid oil or fat from food splashing on to skin.

Tripping

As with spillages, it is also common to suffer nasty trips in the kitchen. When working in the kitchen, make sure that all hazards are removed. This could include shopping bags that have been left on the floor or children’s toys. Tripping on either of these things could mean a fall and serious injury.

Cutting Hands While Washing Up

Many people fill their sink with warm soapy water and put their dirty dishes in to soak. However, this can result in cut fingers if the person is not careful when plunging their hands into the water to get the dishes out. It is a good idea to empty the soapy water from the sink and rinse the dishes in warm water, as this will allow the sharp objects to be seen before being removed from the sink.

Bangs To Head

A common kitchen accident is a bang to the head from a cupboard door that has been left open. Many cooks run about the kitchen opening doors and drawers looking for items. However, they will often turn quickly and, without realising it, bang their head on an open door. To avoid this from happening, it is good to get into the habit of closing cupboard doors and drawers once finished with them.

Chilli Burns

Believe it or not, cooking with chillies can result in burns to the skin. The oils inside chilli peppers can burn the skin if care is not taken. Some people have suffered with burns to the eyes after rubbing them when also touching chillies. To avoid chilli burns, wear rubber gloves or make sure you wash your hands with warm soapy water after contact with chilli oils.

Eye Irritation

It is common for items to splash about the kitchen when cooking; many will suffer with eye irritation if oil, water, or food splashes get into the eye. To avoid oil from food that is cooking or frying from splashing into the eye, invest in a guard for pots or pans, and keep temperatures at a medium level rather than having it too high.

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