More than 50% of accidental fires at home started in the kitchen. Many kitchen fires happen when people leave things unattended or when they are not paying attention to what they are doing. Aside from fire, a lot of other hazards exist in the kitchen. These hazards include tripping hazards, electrocution while using electrically operated kitchen appliance, mechanical hazards from moving part of appliances like electric blenders, meat grinders, and other appliances.
Kitchen Safety Tips
- Check your cooking appliances regularly for any visible defects.
- Make sure your gas tank, regulator and hose fittings are in good condition and no leaks.
- Clean your gas stoves after cooking. Wipe off any oil and fat residue and other dirt on the cooking surface.
- Take care if you’re wearing loose clothing as it can catch fire easily.
- Keep flammable objects such as curtains, aprons and dishtowels away from stoves.
- Heat oil slowly. Heating oil quickly can easily start a fire.
- Do not use kitchen appliance if you do not know how to operate them.
- Always read and follow manufacturer's instruction in operating a kitchen appliance.
- Do not use a defective kitchen appliance and have it repaired by a qualified technician immediately.
- Do not override safety latches and protective covers on the kitchen appliance.
- Place kitchen knives in proper holders and out of reach of children.
- Wipe and clean any spillage and wet floors to prevent any slipping hazards.
- Keep oven lighters and matches in proper place and out of reach of children.
- Arrange cupboards properly. Frequently used items must be placed in the lower section of the cupboards.