Even though spending time in the kitchen can sometimes be calming for your well-being, it can also be dangerous for your health. You may be fond of cooking, but have you thought about the dangers that you can encounter while being in the kitchen? From slipping from spills to kitchen fires – you need to be wide-awake when you spend your time in the kitchen. Moreover, not just these visible accidents can harm you, but there are also unseen dangers that can cause illnesses.

The kitchen is not a playing room

If you are a parent, then you surely agree with the fact that children do not belong in the kitchen. Your child may want to help you or learn how to cook but you will start to be distracted at some point and neither of you wants to get hurt. More importantly, you cannot watch after your children every second, so it is best to keep them out of the kitchen. Also, if you have a new born baby, do not hold him while you are cooking for you have the risk to injure both of you. Anyway, if children are not supposed to be in the kitchen, neither do the pets for you may drop a knife on the floor, thus risking for your pet to find it.

Prevent kitchen fires by paying attention to the oven

The best way to prevent a kitchen fire is to pay attention each time you finish cooking. Do not leave the kitchen until you are sure that the oven and burners are all turned off. You can check twice if you want because it is better to be safe than sorry. Nevertheless, if you are not very familiarised with kitchen appliances, then consult the instruction manual in order not to leave the gas on. Moreover, Gas safety is a big thing and you might even want to install a carbon monoxide detector for it is advisable that rooms which have a gas appliance should also have a carbon monoxide alarm.

Be careful and watch your step

If you spill something on the floor, you can prevent accidents by cleaning up spills as you go. Nobody likes slippery floors and more importantly, nobody wants to get injured by slipping from spills. Moreover, not only spills are dangerous but high shelves are too. If you need to pick something that is out of reach, make sure that you use a sturdy step ladder in order not to lose your balance and fall.

 

Clean your kitchen on a regular schedule

A kitchen can be the perfect place for germs when it is not regularly and properly cleaned. Some common foodborne pathogens are E. coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella, Clostridium botulinum, Shigella, Norovirus, Campylobacter spp., and Toxoplasma gondii. Of course, if you properly handle, cook and store the food, you can actually prevent getting a foodborne illness. Also, how often do you change your dishwashing sponge? Surely not often enough. Unfortunately, dishwashing sponges and kitchen cloths are a big source of bacteria, so it is best to throw your sponge away as often as you want to.

Published by Cynthia Madison