How to Stay Safe in the Kitchen This Holiday

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We all tend to get a bit carried away in the kitchen over the holidays. Between children underfoot, glasses of sherry and the promise of home-cooked food, kitchen safety is often put on the back-burner. Stick to these basic tips to prevent injuries in the kitchen this holiday season, and if you do suffer an injury due to a kitchen mishap, contact a personal injury lawyer at Peter N. Davis Law for legal assistance.

General Safety Guidelines

Sharp objects, kitchen spills, and hot surfaces can all lead to some nasty kitchen accidents if we’re not careful. For your safety and the safety of kitchen visitors, keep knives securely stored in a drawer or wooden block when not in use. Clean up any spills immediately to ensure no one slips and falls. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby, and know how to use it before the time comes when you need it.

Cooking Safety

You can still manage a roast in the oven and pots and pans simmering on every stove eye as long as you remember these cooking safety tips.

  • Keep pan and pot handles turned away from the edge of the stove to prevent getting knocked or pulled off.
  • Always use potholders when handling hot dishes, but keep the potholders a safe distance from open flames.
  • Pull long hair back when cooking, and avoid cooking in loose clothing. While you don’t want a wayward hair getting cooked into your meal, hair and loose clothes are also fire hazards.
  • Avoid wearing dangling jewelry while cooking to prevent long necklaces or bracelets getting tangled around pot and pan handles.

Kitchen Sanitation

It’s easy to forget about dangers you can’t see, but germs in the kitchen are a big safety concern. Bacteria spreads easily from surface to surface as you move about, and virtually all of this bacteria will come into contact with your food. Minimize the spread of germs by always washing your hands before you begin cooking. Also, wash your hands after handling raw meat or eggs, and wash dishes and utensils thoroughly that were used for these items.

Refrigerate or freeze dairy, meat and eggs immediately after purchasing or cooking to keep these items from spoiling. Additionally, store and prepare these items separate from other food items to prevent cross-contamination.

How a Personal Injury Lawyer can Help

Despite our best efforts, kitchen accidents can and do happen. When they do, don’t let them ruin your holiday. If you or someone you know sustains an injury in the kitchen over the holidays, contact a personal injury lawyer at Peter N. Davis Law for consultation and representation. The Law Offices of Peter N. Davis has been serving Paterson, New Jersey for almost three decades, and we know how to get you the compensation you deserve for your injury.