The holiday season is fast approaching, and this time of year means friends, food, and fun. It’s also a time, unfortunately, when more injuries occur than perhaps any other time of year. People suffer accidents putting up decorations, slipping on ice and snow, or they get hurt from accidents cooking and working in the kitchen.
Sadly, many of these incidents are avoidable with a little care. Learn some tips and advice for making sure that you stay safe in the kitchen this holiday season, and when a personal injury lawyer can help.
“Safety first” is such a common saying it’s become a platitude, but it’s entirely true. Always think about safety and the potential for injuries whenever you undertake any activity. The kitchen is full of dangerous appliances, sharp objects, heat and fire, the potential for slips and falls and any other number of hazards. Before you start a project, think about the dangers you might encounter, and consider every step of the way how you can avoid accidents.
Knives and Sharp Objects
Keep sharp objects like knives away from children. Store them in a block, if possible, where the blades are not exposed. If you don’t have a block, store them in a drawer with the handles down and the blades towards the back of the drawer.
Never dump knives into a sink full of soapy water. This is a recipe for disaster. Keep knives out of the sink where you can’t see the blades. Wash them one at a time and individually. If you use a dishwasher, make sure they are placed blade-down.
Clothing and Hair
When you cook, don’t wear loose clothes that could get near fire and flame. Keep your hair tied back. You might be surprised at how often accidental fires and burns result from loose clothing. Tightly-fastened aprons can protect against more than splashes and spills!
If you have jewelry, keep it in your shirt, under your sleeves, or better yet: remove it. Dangling bracelets and jewelry represents another major danger when cooking. When you’re handling hot pots, wear heat-resistant gloves or potholders. Protect yourself from burns!
Hygiene and Germs
Food poisoning is a startlingly common hazard around the holidays. Pay attention to the potential for contamination and illness. Cook your meats and other foods thoroughly. To avoid bacteria, food should achieve and hold an internal temperature of at least 140 degrees.
Separate meat and poultry from other items to avoid cross-contamination. Before and after handling meat, poultry, fish and other foods make sure you wash your hands. Bacteria is easily transferred from one food item to another, and different bacteria can be found on different foods. It only takes a minute to wash your hands, and it can keep you healthy.
Odessa Personal Injury Lawyer
If you happen to be out this holiday season and you do suffer an injury that’s the fault of another person, you may be entitled to compensation. Get in touch with Odessa personal injury lawyer Robert White for a free case evaluation and more help and advice today.