Amazing things get done in kitchens. Ingredients go in, and with careful preparation, meals come out. When it comes to preparing for larger events however, kitchens can often become chaotic.
As with any process that involves transformation, accidents happen every now and again. You can avoid kitchen mishaps all together by having your events catered by a professional.
For those of you who would rather chance it and do it on your own, here are some of the top kitchen accidents to avoid.
- Slipping on Liquids
Spills are hard to detect on certain surfaces. Liquids such as oil and water can be particularly difficult to notice due to their translucency, making slipping very likely.
To avoid slipping, wear non-slip shoes when in the kitchen and clean up spills immediately.
It’s quite common to under estimate just how hot the handle on the pot really is. It’s just as common to accidently having your forearm scrape a hot surface, or pour hot water onto your hands when draining pots and pans.
To avoid burns, always wear protective gear such as oven mitts when dealing with hot items. Have burn ointments stored near by as a safety precaution.
- Knife Injuries
One of the most common types of kitchen injuries is related to cutting one’s self on a knife. This happens because not everyone is taught proper knife handling skills.
To avoid cuts, always keep knives sharp, devote your attention to the object at hand, and never leave knives in the sink.
- Hot Chili Peppers Burns
Avoid overlooking the potency of chili peppers. They contain capsaicin, which is an irritant for most mammals. When chili peppers come into contact with skin, it can cause serious discomfort.
To avoid burns, handle chili peppers while wearing rubber gloves. Never touch sensitive areas such as the eyes directly after having had contact with peppers.
Common household items such as dish soap, alcohol, milk, and olive oil can help alleviate minor burning sensations left on hands.
- Cutting Yourself While Cutting a Bagel
You’re probably wondering if you read that correctly. In fact, so many people cut themselves while attempting to slice bagels. This has its own term, “Bagel Related Injury “(BRI).
To avoid your very own BRI, never cut frozen bagels. Always lay bagels on a flat surface while slicing. Lastly keep one hand on top of the bagel while slicing through it.
Kitchens can be a dangerous place for aspiring cooks. Never use appliances and gadgets you are unsure of. Remember that when dealing with large events, sometimes it’s best to leave it to the professionals!