General Kitchen Tips
Dress for safety:
Handle your knives properly:
- Wear shoes with flat soles to minimize falls and help you stand in a balanced position. Leather uppers with closed toes protect from burns; cloth shoes absorb spilled liquids and prolong burning.
- Keep arms and legs covered for protection, and don't wear leggings; they absorb hot liquids spilled on them. It is important to wear clothes that are comfortable and easily cleaned. If you wear a favorite outfit, you won't relax and will find yourself in awkward positions trying to protect your clothes.
- Be careful of long dangling jewelry, it can get stuck in kitchen equipment.
- It is also important to keep your hair contained, not just to keep it out of prepared foods, but also for your own safety - hair is flammable.
- Long nails are dangerous in a kitchen; they harbor germs and interfere with proper knife skills.
- Keep knives sharp.
- Be alert when using a knife; don't get careless or distracted.
- Never cut towards yourself; always cut away from yourself.
- Don't hold food in your hand to cut it - keep it on a cutting board.
- Use the correct knife for the job; i.e. Chef's knife for chopping, bread knife for breads and tomatoes, paring knife for peeling and small work.
- Never put your guiding hand on the end of the knife blade for extra leverage; some people might do this when cutting cheese.
- Never leave knives in the sink.
- Never put knives in the dishwasher.
- When walking with a knife, hold it with the side loosely pressed against your thigh.
- Don't store knives loose in drawer.
- Don't try to catch falling knives.
- Always have kitchen towels, hot pads, or oven mitts readily accessible.
- Never use a damp towel to hold a hot pot or pan.
- Be cautious with steam; don't look into a hot pot when opening the lid, and let steam subside first.
- Saute or fry foods with high water content carefully; step back when submerging pieces into oil as the water content will cause the oil to spit and splatter.
- When sauteing, put item in slowly, starting with end nearest yourself and slowly lower the item away from you.
- Keep pan handles turned in and out of the path of people walking by.
- Don't carry pots with hot oil; let oil return to room temperature before transporting.
- Dry hands before unplugging appliances.
- Don't pull on cords to unplug.
- Don't keep appliances next to a water source.
- Have all frayed cords repaired by an electrician.
- Don't plug too many items into one outlet.