Keeping your kitchen safe

Does your kitchen become the center of activity while you’re cooking dinner or hosting a party? Spending time in the kitchen can be a large part of your daily life—cooking meals, preparing for holiday dinners, or hosting family get-togethers or parties. Typically, guests gather in the kitchen—either to spend time with their host/hostess or to have close proximity to the food and beverages you are serving.

The busier your kitchen gets, the more important it is to take time to keep your kitchen functional and safe. This applies especially if you’re multi-tasking—preparing food, helping your kids with homework, or entertaining family and friends. Here are some tips to make it easier to keep your cooking and baking on task as well protect your loved ones.

Limit foot traffic near sources of heat

When preparing delicious meals or desserts, you probably use multiple appliances that generate heat—an oven, a stove, a grill, or maybe even the microwave. The more crowded your kitchen gets, the more important it is to monitor sources of heat and advise your family and guest to stay a safe distance. As the cook—or even the sous chef—it’s important to remember to handle hot dishes, pots, and pans with the appropriate protective kitchen equipment.

Keep kitchen tools, utensils, and cleaners organized

Storing your kitchen tools (blenders, mixers), utensils, and cleaning products can help you stay organized, ensure easy access to what you need, and minimize the chance of any harmful ingredients making their way into your favorite recipes. Store electric kitchen tools near electrical outlets. Cleaning products should be stored away from food and any open flames, and utensils should be kept close to your work space. Keeping your kitchen organized will not only help you with safety, but it will also make cooking your favorite dishes easier.

Practice safety when using sharp tools

Sharp tools—such as knives and scissors—can be helpful when cooking, but can also be dangerous if not handled properly. Make sure to pay extra attention when you are cutting up vegetables or meats using sharp tools and be sure to store them in a safe place immediately after you are finished. Accidents with sharp tools often happen when the chef gets distracted.

Use clean cooking utensils and surfaces

To avoid introducing unwanted bacteria or germs into your kitchen, make sure to clean your utensils and work surfaces before you start cooking and when you are done. It’s also important to take extra precautions if you are cooking with raw meats. Disinfect your work areas and wash your hands as you move from one dish to the next to avoid cross-contamination.

These tips can help make safety a priority in the kitchen and allow continued enjoyment of a beloved place for good food and creating memories with family and friends.

SLPC 26264 11/14 (exp. 11/16)

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