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How can I avoid kitchen injuries over the holidays?

As the holidays approach, you will no doubt welcome an abundance of loved ones to your home. Lavish dinners are a common occurrence during holiday events, and without the proper safety precautions in place you or your guests could face a very real risk of injury during meal preparation. Fortunately, there are a few steps you can take to reduce the possibility of a kitchen accident from occurring.

Consumer Reports details some of the more common kitchen injuries and how you can prevent them. For instance, handling glass cookware entails the risk of being cut by broken pieces. You can mitigate this risk by discarding any cracked cookware to prevent it from shattering during use. Also, refrain from a drastic change in temperature (such as by taking cookware from the oven straight to the freezer), which can result in cookware breaking suddenly.

Kitchen knives are another source of injury, particularly when they are not sharpened appropriately. The way you use a knife can also be a concern, which is why you should keep your fingers neatly tucked under your palm while wielding the knife away from the body. If you are using a cutting board, be sure it remains secure on the counter. This can be accomplished by placing a towel under the board, which will prevent it from moving during use.

Of course, fire remains a significant threat in all kitchens. Having a working fire extinguisher on hand is highly important should a fire break out. In the event of an oven fire be sure to keep the door closed and turn the appliance off immediately if it is safe to do so. In terms of preventing fires, never leave food unattended while cooking, and keep all flammable materials (such as dish towels) away from the range.





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