The holiday season is almost upon us, and that means family gatherings and hours spent in front of a hot stove preparing seasonal favorites. While the holidays are a time of joy and togetherness, they can also be a time of tragic injuries, especially when it comes to the kitchen. Before you prepare your favorite holiday meal, you need to prepare for the hazards that often come from working in a bustling kitchen. To stay safe in the kitchen this holiday season, follow a few simple tips that will prevent both harm and a call to your personal injury attorney.
Wear the Proper Attire
One of the biggest causes of kitchen disasters is wearing the wrong type of clothes, so it’s important to plan your wardrobe before you start making your family’s feast. First, avoid loose, billowy clothing. Although it may feel comfortable, it can easily catch fire and result in tragedy. Secondly, make sure not to wear dangling jewelry, which can get tangled and cause spills. Finally, make sure to pull your hair back. Not only will this keep it clean, it will also prevent a fire risk.
Keep Your Knives Away When Not in Use
If you’re a regular in the kitchen, then you know how dreadfully simple it is to accidentally cut yourself, particularly when picking up a knife by accident. Preventing nasty cuts and an unexpected holiday in the emergency is as easy as making sure your knives are put away when not in use. Whether in a drawer or a wooden knife block, stashing your knives until you need them will keep you safe and happy this holiday season.
Handle Hot Objects with Care
Other than cuts, burns are the most typical form of holiday injury and are mostly caused by picking up hot pots and pans without adequate protection. Before you remove a pot or pan from the stove or oven, make sure you grab your hot pads or, better yet, don your heat resistant gloves.
Also, make sure to move all your hot dishes carefully, as burns are just as easily caused by spills as they are touching uncovered surfaces. Since kitchen fires can come out of nowhere, it’s also extremely important that you have a fire extinguisher on hand to take care of any sudden flare-ups.
Don’t Let Food Sit Out
Finally, but perhaps most importantly, you need to do everything in your power to prevent a bout of holiday food poisoning. If you’re preparing foods that are prone to spoiling, such as raw meat, keep it refrigerated until it’s ready to cook instead of letting it sit out.
It’s also a good idea to clean spills as quickly as possible because spills can easily spread germs and bacteria such as salmonella. Lastly, make sure you wash your hands before you handle or serve any food. Holiday season is also cold and flu season, after all.
Speak with a Personal Injury Attorney
Unfortunately, despite your best efforts, it is still possible to suffer an injury through no fault of your own. If you believe you’ve been hurt due to another’s negligence, you should consult with an experienced personal injury attorney from Harris & Graves. Working with our team following an injury means getting the settlement you need and deserve. Contact us today so that we can start fighting for you.