So you already use caution in the kitchen. You never leave the stove unattended and make sure to unplug your appliances before cleaning them. Well here are a few more tricks to help keep your kitchen area safe for you and your children:
- Display the Poison Control number in an easy-to-find place: 1-800-222-1222
- Keep your refrigerator at 40°F or lower.
- Do you use childproof locks? Add one to the oven and even the microwave.
- Never put water on a grease fire. If one occurs on the stove, cover the pan with a lid when possible. If it occurs in the oven, shut the oven door to cut off air supply.
- Keep a fire extinguisher nearby – the safest bet for putting out dangerous grease fires. If you don’t have a fire extinguisher, make sure to have baking soda handy to put out flames.
- Safely defrost foods by putting them in the refrigerator. For fighting bacteria, this method beats out microwaving and leaving food on the counter or in the sink.
- The sharper the knife the safer the prepping. A sharp knife will pass through the food without as much force as a blunt knife, so you run a lower risk of damage if you slip up while slicing.
- Be careful with wet cloth like wash rags and oven mitts. The heat from the oven or stove can cause scalding as it turns the moisture on the cloth to steam.
More safety tips to come! Happy cooking.