2 Accidents Happen! Some kitchen accidents are due to ignorance… But most are due to human carelessness!
3 The most common kitchen accidents: Chemical poisoningsCutsBurnsFiresFallsElectrical shocks, choking, and other types of injury can also occur.
4 You can prevent accidents by: Properly using and caring for equipmentFollowing good safety practicesKeeping the kitchen clean
5 CHEMICAL PoisoningChildren are especially susceptible to chemical poisoning.To many children, household products (furniture polish, kitchen cleaners, bleach) look like food.
6 Prevention & Treatment of Chemical Poisonings Keep all products in a safe locationNot under the sink!Keep in original, labeled containersTake it with you if interruptedDon’t rely on safety caps!Wash all produce thoroughly (pesticides)TREAT:Call the nearest poison control center immediatelyHave the container on handIf the label lists instructions for first aid, follow them!
7 Preventing Cuts Keep knives sharp- dull blades can slip Move the blade away from the bodyDon’t try to catch a falling knife!Only use knives to CUTKeep fingers away from beaters, blenders, food processors, garbage disposalsDisconnect and use a non-metal utensilNever pick up broken glass with your bare hands
8 To treat a cut: Cover the wound with a sterile cloth Apply firm pressure to the woundWash minor cuts with soap & water, apply antiseptic, and bandageSevere wounds deserve a trip to the ER or doctor! (continue to apply pressure)
9 Preventing Burns & Fires What causes most kitchen burns?Scalding liquidsSpattering greaseHot cooking utensilsMost kitchen fires are caused by:Malfunctioning electric appliancesCarelessness around hot surfaces & open flames
10 Use pot holdersTurn all pan handles INWARD to prevent tippingOpen pan lids AWAY from you to prevent steam burnsDo not let children play near the range or cook without helpDisconnect small appliances when not in useUse caution when heating liquids in the microwaveWear tight-fitting clothing and roll up long sleevesDo not hang flammable materials near the range
11 If a fire or burn occurs: Have an extinguisher handy!STOP, DROP, and ROLLRun burned area under cool waterDo NOT apply ointment or grease of any kind!Don’t break blisters
12 Preventing FallsDon’t stand on a chair, box, or countertop to reach high placesUse a sturdy ladder or step stoolWipe up spills from floors IMMEDIATELY!Use cooking spray over the sinkRemove tripping risks- kids’ toys, shoes ,etc.Don’t store heavy items on the top shelf!
13 Preventing Electric Shock Never stand on a wet floor or work on a wet counterDon’t touch electric items with wet handsDon’t run cords under rugs/carpetDon’t overload outlets or use extension cords if possibleHold onto the PLUG, not the CORD, when disconnectingReplace all cords/plugs when they become worn
14 Treating Electric Shock DISCONNECT THE POWER SOURCE FIRST!Use non-conducting material to pull victim away from the sourceRope, long piece of cloth, wooden poleCall for help and begin rescue breathing (CPR)
15 CHOKING Treat by: Using the obstructed airway maneuver (aka Heimlich) Be sure the person IS chokingCan they cough, breathe, or talk?Prevent by:Chewing food thoroughlyAvoid talking/laughing with food in your mouthDon’t give children small, round pieces of food- cut slices in half!