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.

The Floor

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.

Knife Storage

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.

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  1. Putting back your hair is important – you may want to go even as far as a hair net or hat to ensure that your hair doesn’t light up or fall into the meal. I also recommend learning proper knife skills to cut down on the possibility of cutting yourself when preparing food. Great tips, thanks for sharing!

  2. Hi, these are some great tips! Thanks so much for sharing. The kitchen can be so dangerous, and especially around the holiday season when you have distractions (like guests!) in addition to cooking. It also tends to be a time where you cook things you normally don’t! In addition to kitchen safety, basic fire safety is super important too! Here’s some great fire safety tips:http://weinsteinsecurity.com/blog/2016/10/10/fire-safety-stay-safe-while-being-warm-this-winter/

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