Friday, August 2, 2013

Safety in the Kitchen: 5 Common Kitchen Accidents

Even the most seasoned cook encounters accidents in the kitchen. Thankfully there are precautions you can take to avoid serious injury. With the help of Teri Tsang Barrett, a writer for The Food Network, we highlight the top 5 tips on how to avoid ending up in the emergency room. 

1.Splitting Bagels Can Be Dangerous to Your Hand
Although delicious, bagels can ruin your morning if you end up cutting your finger. "BRI's" also known as "Bagel-related injuries" in the medical field, are an all too common problem. So how do you assure that you can enjoy your morning bagel without having to get stitches? Teri writes that you should "Lay it flat on a work surface while pressing down with one hand to keep it steady with fingers splayed upward and out of harm's reach. Hold a sharp serrated bread knife in your other hand and slice bagel horizontally, keeping the knife parallel to the work surface." If it still sounds dangerous, stick to the pre-sliced bagels in the grocery store. 

2. Forgotten Kitchen Spills are a Hazard Zone
Sounds simple enough, but we often forget to clean up a spill if we are rushing around the kitchen--especially if pots are boiling over!  To combat this problem, she suggests keeping a stack of dish towels nearby, so you can quickly wipe up a mess. If you don't have time, she suggests covering the spill with a dish towel to remind yourself to take care of it after. 

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3. Washing Dishes Can Result in Nicks
"Store sharp objects, like kitchen shears, steak knives and metal skewers, with the offending ends pointing downward in dishwasher utensil bins." While this sounds like common sense, I have totally forgotten to do so, and have been pierced by knifes in the dishwasher. 

4. Unstable Cutting Boards are Asking for Mistaken Cuts
To prevent cutting boards from moving, try anchoring your board to your counter with a damp paper towel or dish towel. This well help keep things steady and you are less likely to suffer an unfortunate injury. 

5. Skin Contact with Chile Peppers Can Cause Discomfort
Hopefully you have never experienced the uncomfortable sting of rubbing your eyes after cutting up a spicy pepper! Make sure you always wash hands with soap and water after cutting up Chile peppers or jalapenos. 


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