Modern Kitchen Safety Tips for the Home
You will spend an overwhelming amount of time at your home inside of your kitchen. Here are a few top tips to make that time as safe as possible brought to you by Myfox home security.
Your Clothing and Hair
The first step to kitchen safety actually comes into play well before you step into the kitchen. Before you do any in depth cooking, make sure that you are not wearing clothing that is loose. Loose fabric can fall into a fire without your knowledge and cause a huge problem. Secondly, tie your hair back if your hair is long. Hair is quite flammable as well; it is also unsanitary. Tying it back keeps it from falling into food. Keep jewelry off as well, as it has a tendency to dangle around the handles of pots, possibly spilling hot water or causing some other kind of hazard.
The Rules of Your Pots and Pans
Make it a habit to turn the handles of your pots and pans away from the stove front. You want to keep children from accidentally grabbing and spilling them. Adults may also bump into them if they are not careful. Use potholders if you have them. If you do not have them, buy some! However, they may also be flammable, so make sure they are where they are supposed to be at all times – on the handle of the pot and away from any flames.
Make sure that the floor is always dry. Clean up even the smallest spills so that you do not get any slips or falls. It does not take much liquid to lose traction and cause a serious injury or worse.
Make sure that knives and all other sharp utensils are stored in wooden blocks on high shelves away from children.
Poultry and Raw Meat
Poultry and raw meat must remain separate from all of the other foods that are in your kitchen. Raw meats contain certain bacteria that should never find their way into other foods. By the same token, make sure that you wash your hands every time after handling raw meat or poultry. Wash them beforehand as well.
At Least One Fire Extinguisher
You should have at least one fire extinguisher in your kitchen. You should also know how to use it – trying to read the black and white directions when something is happening is not the right time to learn. Watch an online video on the subject and keep tabs on the architecture of the particular extinguisher that you have.
Refrigerating All Foods
If you are preparing foods that are sensitive to the temperature, place them appropriately in the freezer or the refrigerator as soon as you can. Temperature sensitive foods may include fish, dairy products, raw meat and poultry. However, other foods can be quite sensitive to the temperature as well. The way to tell is to simply read the labeling – if the product says to refrigerate it, do so!
Home Monitoring Device and Smoke Detector
It is also important to have a home monitoring device like the Myfox home security camera set up in the kitchen along with a smoke detector so that if something is left on the stove too long by mistake, the smoke detector can alert you right away and the home security camera can show you on your app what the issue might be if you are not home.