Burns, slips and injuries are all too common in the kitchen, particularly for older people. You can minimise your risk of injury in the kitchen by following these safety tips:
- wear appropriate clothing – overly baggy clothes can be a fire risk
- always wear sensible shoes – sturdy soles with good grip and avoid opened toed shoes.
- always use oven gloves when removing hot items from the oven or microwave
- when using the hob, ensure that the handles don’t point out over the edge to avoid knocking them off
- ensure the ventilation system is working – in some cases it may be necessary to open a window
- stir the pan away from your body to avoid burns and splashes on the hob.
- keep things clean to prevent bacteria and deal with spillages promptly to avoid slips
- remove any fire hazards such as flammable liquids, unplug small appliances when not in use, keep toasters and kettles away from curtains and tea towels
- be careful when using knives and make sure they’re sharp. Blunt knives require more pressure to cut and are more prone to slipping.
Keep a first aid kit for the kitchen. It should include bandages and plasters for you to dress any wounds.