The kitchen is an important part of the house, it inhabits all that is needed for satiety and pleasure.
Attached close to the living room in a bungalow, or a small partition, it serves the same purpose.
Without the kitchen, a house is not a home. Provisions of comfort, relaxation, shelter from harsh weather conditions and rest are not the only functions of a house.
Until there’s a kitchen, buildings are more or less an office or warehouse. In fact, some offices have kitchens nowadays.
In fact, this mini-processing factory provides some of the best family-time scenes, holds lots of memories, creates unforgettable experiences and delights some of us.
Though the cooking process can be tedious, unplanned, strenuous, or time-consuming sometimes, it can also be joyous.
Different types of dishes culminate to a compulsory knowledge of different skills and various expertise.
As wonderful as the kitchen is, it doesn’t bury the fact that it houses some of the most dangerous tools ever made.
Some of these tools are evolving and in different styles for efficiency sake. As a result, special precautions need to be taken.
Sophistication is technological breakthrough and can be the curator of doom.
Knives, forks, spoons, pans, pepper, soaps, sponges, chopping board, turning stick, mortar and pestle, matches, ceramic plates, glassware, cooker, cylinder, ovens, microwaves, toasters, racks, fridges and freezers, and so on are potentially dangerous.
All of these kitchen materials can be used to inflict various degrees of pain and injuries, whether intentionally or accidentally
Kitchen accidents are among some of the most neglected but with a potential damaging effect.
Cuts, bruises, concussions, and lacerations can be incurred or achieved with the materials in the kitchen.
Many have been hospitalized from kitchen accidents and if precautions are not properly followed, many more accidents could follow, especially for infants and toddlers.
- Education. Know what you must about the dangers in the kitchen. Knowledge is power.
- Learn first aid for burns, cuts, lacerations, bruises and so on.
- The arrangement of materials and tools in the kitchen matters.
- Make sure you don’t keep thermodynamically unstable materials (gas cylinder) beside heat generator (stove/cooker)Keep all sharp objects from children
- Keep the floors clean and grease-free
- Maintain arrangement of materials
- Wash sharps first when doing dishesUse gloves when necessary
- Keep children out of kitchen as much as possible.
- Use goggles and aprons when necessary
- Listen to your safety instincts
No matter how small, accidents should be avoided/prevented. Take careful note of the kitchen.
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