If you plan on being in the kitchen this holiday season, you should always make sure your kitchen is in an optimal and safe condition. While cooking during the holiday season can be fun, there are plenty of things that could go wrong. Injuries do not discriminate, so here are three kitchen safety tips from our experienced personal injury lawyers at Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys.
Know Your Surroundings
Before you start making your holiday treats, take a look at your surroundings. Are all appliances off when not in use? Are pots and pans positioned with their handles facing inwards? Did you leave any sharp objects lying around? Are children and pets out of the kitchen area? These are all things you should keep in mind before you start cooking.
Remember: only adults that are participating in cooking should be in the kitchen! Small children and people not assisting with cooking should leave the kitchen area. This is so you have more room while cooking and do not bump into anyone.
It is important to take safety seriously in the kitchen. In fact, the kitchen is one place in the house where many types of injuries could all occur at once. Fires, for example, are often accidentally started in the kitchen while food is cooking. Because of this, you’ll want to keep a fire extinguisher handy. Keep it somewhere accessible. Under the kitchen sink, for example, is an acceptable place to store a fire extinguisher.
Take other precautions, too. Always wash your hands before handling food. Do not cook if you are sick, and always follow cooking directions.
Prepare for Emergencies
This is the question no one likes asking: “Am I prepared for an emergency?” The answer should always be, “Yes.” We already mentioned fire extinguishers, but what else can you do to prepare for emergencies? Well, have a first-aid kit in case you or someone else suffers injury. Do you know the telephone number for emergency services? Are you aware of what to do once you get burned or cut? Do you know the heimlich maneuver? These are all important things to know not just for kitchen safety but for safe living, in general.
Need a Merrillville Injury Attorney Today?
If you suffer from a kitchen injury, contact Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys today! Our experienced personal injury attorneys work tirelessly to get you the compensation you deserve. Our office is open Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can call us anytime at 1-800-GET-GLEN. Alternatively, you can contact us online and check out our LiveChat feature. Consultations are free, and we do not collect any fees unless you win your case. So don’t wait! Call Glen Lerner today!
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