A trip to the emergency room can ruin your holiday celebrations in an instant. Emergency rooms are very busy during the holidays. One room that may not jump to your mind when you think about holiday safety is the kitchen. However, accidents in the kitchen can cause traumatic injuries. While you are preparing meals for your family during the holidays, keep these kitchen safety tips in mind. You want to spend your holiday at home with your family and friends, not in an emergency room with nurses and doctors.
What Are The Scariest Kitchen Accidents?
According to Consumer Reports, kitchen accidents are common during the holidays. Included in its list of the scariest kitchen accidents are:
- Kitchen fires
- Cuts from knives
- Injuries sustained from ranges tipping over
- Shattering cookware
- Lacerations and injuries from food processors
- Microwave oven burns
- Blender injuries
Consumer Reports provides several precautions you can take to avoid these common kitchen accidents. However, these are not the only accidents that occur in the kitchen during the holidays. You can reduce your risk of being injured this holiday season if you follow these simple kitchen rules.
Basic Kitchen Rules That Can Prevent Accidents This Holiday Season
- Holiday clothing may look festive; however, some of the accessories and decorations on holiday outfits may be dangerous to wear while cooking. In addition to falling into the food, some items could catch on fire. Change into holiday outfits after the cooking is finished.
- Always turn pot handles away from the front of the stove. Children love to run in and out of the kitchen to try to sneak a bite of whatever is being prepared. It is easy for a child to grab a handle and spill a pot of hot liquid or food. Avoid a burn injury by keeping these handles away from little hands.
- Wipe up spills immediately. Spills on the floor are a fall hazard. Avoid slips and falls by cleaning up any spills as soon as they happen. Also, clean spills on countertops and stoves to avoid food contamination.
- Wash your hands often, especially after handling meat or poultry.
- Avoid cross-contamination by separating raw meats and other food whenever you use or store them.
- Always have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen in case of a fire. You should also have a first aid kit close by in case of an injury.
- Keep a selection of hot pads and oven mitts close by at all times. Remember to use protection when getting bowls out of the microwave too!
- Keep knives stored in a wooden storage block.
Do You Need A Bloomington Personal Injury Lawyer?
The Bloomington personal injury lawyers of The Ken Nunn Law Office want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable holiday season. However, if you are injured in a personal injury accident, our attorneys will be here for you and your family. We can provide guidance, support, and legal counsel as you work to recover from injuries sustained in an accident.
You can reach our office 24/7 through Live Chat online or by calling 1-800-CALL-KEN or 1-800-225-5536. Our Bloomington personal injury lawyer offers free legal consultations and free case evaluations.