There are plenty of opportunities for burns in a kitchen. Moving slowly and taking appropriate precautions can help prevent these types of injuries.
How to prevent burns in the kitchen:
- When handling hot items use oven mitts rather than picking something up with a hot pad. Mitts protect the front and back of the hand, especially when reaching in between hot items like pulling something from the oven.
- Never touch something to determine if it is still hot. Assume surfaces that get hot such as stovetops are always hot.
- When cooking in pots, open lids away from the face to avoid the path of the hot steam.
- Be very careful when pouring hot liquid such as soup or draining pasta. If necessary, transfer small amounts at a time by dipping the liquid out until it is a manageable amount to pour.
- Hot liquids should not be mixed in a blender as they can splatter causing burns.
- Wear long sleeves and use lids and splatter screens to control hot grease.
- Ensure pot and pan handles are not sticking out into the walkway where they can be knocked off the stovetop.
- If cooking in a fryer basket, fill no more than halfway.
- Ensure potholders are dry before using.