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Kitchen Safety

It is important that there should be safety in work as part of good kitchen management. A housewife should be alert in the kitchen and also should be aware of the safety measures to prevent accidents there. As most housewives spend much of their time in the kitchen it is obvious that children of all age groups would also be there. Therefore it should be a safe place for people working in it and also for people who come there.The following are some steps that should be taken to ensure safety in the kitchen:

1. The Kitchen Floor – It should be dry, free from grease, skins of fruits and vegetables; otherwise there is a chance of slipping and causing a fall.

2. Equipment – All the sharp equipments like can-openers, knives, graters should be stored in a drawer. After cleaning they must be put away safely.Wooden Boards should be used for cutting vegetables and fruits to avoid bruising of fingers.Strong footstools should be used to remove articles from top shelves.All the utensils should be used as per the manufacturer’s directions.A cover on pans when pouring out hot liquid prevents scalding.

3. The Stove – It is essential to know the technique of operating the stove safely whether the fuel used is wood, coal, kerosene, gas or electricity. When wood is used, a chimney should draw away the smoke from the soot. In the case of coal stoves ( Chullas ), it should be lighted in open air to prevent the poisonous carbon monoxide being produced inside the kitchen.In the case of kerosene stove, the burner should be hot before it is pumped. In a wick stove, the wick should be well soaked in kerosene to prevent sooty flames arising.When gas is used then the valve on the cylinder should be closed when not in use. A gas stove should be lit when the gas is turned on full.If the burner does not ignite with a lighted matchstick or lighter then turn it off, wait for a minute and repeat once again.If the kitchen is equipped with an electrical chimney, then it should be switched on while cooking food. The knobs of all the burners of the cooking range should be closed after the food has been cooked.

4. Clothes – While cooking, it is dangerous to wear synthetis garments or bangles made of inflammable materials. Handles of pots and pans should be turned backwards to prevent brushing against them or their getting caught in the clothing.

5. Labeling of Containers – It is important to label containers as a safety measure against wrong usuage. Containers containing harmful chemicals such as insecticides, pesticides should be of different shapes and colours and should always be labelled. They should be easily distinguished from those containing food items.Moreover, they should be in a separate cupboard, out of reach from children and never in the food store.

6. First Aid Box – A first aid box should be kept in the kitchen with all the essentials in it like band-aid, cotton wool pads, antiseptic cream, antiseptic lotion etc. Knowledge of safety measures helps one to guard against various hazards in everyday life. It not only ensures personal safety but is also a social responsibility.

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