Cooking is a great way to express your creativity and impress your friends and family with your culinary skills. But it's also a dangerous business. Every year, thousands of people end up in the emergency room because of cooking-related accidents. Don't be one of them! Follow these kitchen safety tips to avoid burning down your house (and your eyebrows).
- Wear Protection
No, not that kind of protection. We're talking about oven mitts and aprons. You don't want to burn your hands or ruin your clothes while cooking. Plus, aprons make you look like a professional chef, even if you're just making a sandwich.
- Keep Your Distance
Cooking can be a messy business, especially if you're like me and tend to spill things everywhere. Make sure to keep a safe distance from the stove and any hot surfaces. And if you're cooking with oil, make sure to keep a lid nearby in case things get out of hand.
- Don't Be a Hero
If something starts to smoke or catch on fire, don't try to be a hero and put it out yourself. That's what fire extinguishers are for. Keep one handy in your kitchen and know how to use it.
- Clean as You Go
Cleaning up as you go is not only good for your sanity, but it's also good for your safety. A cluttered kitchen can lead to accidents, so make sure to keep your workspace clean and tidy.
- Stay Sober
This one should go without saying, but it's worth repeating. Don't drink and cook. Alcohol impairs your judgment and coordination, which can lead to accidents in the kitchen.
- Don't Be Afraid to Ask for Help
- Keep Your Pets Away
As much as we love our furry friends, they don't always make the best kitchen assistants. Keep your pets away from the stove and any hot surfaces to avoid any accidents.
- Don't Forget to Have Fun