Oh, the kitchen. Many memories come from that one room. The room where families congregate, discuss important family issues and develop bonds. We all remember it as one of the most important rooms in our home from childhood to adulthood.
It's a room where you based a large part of your decision on whether to purchase the home you live in now. According to research, the kitchen is one of the most important features homebuyers judge on whether to buy a home or keep looking.
In fact, I personally rejected the first 5 homes I looked at because the kitchen was too small, had little cabinet space or had ugly cabinets or floor colors. And according to the research, you probably had a similar story before you found the home you live in now
In most instances, the value of the kitchen determines the value of the home to potential buyers. Small, cramped out-dated kitchen equals small value. Large updated kitchen equals large valued home.
Think about it. It's the room where we store and prepare an important substance of our physical life and health, food. Yes, it's where we spend a good portion of our time at preparing, eating and storing our food. So, is it any wonder we place such a high regard on this one room in our home:
Although the kitchen is one of the most valuable assets any home can have, the kitchen also has another dubious distinction.
According to government statistics, the kitchen is one of the most dangerous spots in your home. According to a national average, over 44 % of emergency room visits came from kitchen injuries and accidents in 2006.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics note professional food preparation work as one of the ten most hazardous occupations. Why? Because of the large number of accidents.
The kitchen is also the #1 cause of home fires each year.
Is it any surprise? The kitchen contains items that fry, bake, flame, chop, cut, slice, toast and broil. Equipment in the kitchen can do these to foods as well as people. Especially people who don't apply sound safety tips or take the "it could never happen to me attitude."
Don't let you or your family become the next emergency room statistic. Read this article carefully and apply the following principles, as a habit, each time you enter your kitchen.
Yes, the kitchen can cultivate many fond memories for you and your family. But only if you take the time to keep it from hurting you and your family by apply these safe kitchen habits.
Here's 5 ways to keep your kitchen from hurting you and your family.
1. Have A Kitchen Safety Attitude.
This is the best defense of all. Never letting yourself think it could never happen to you or your family. Stay alert to possible dangers and take action to solve it now, not later. Wipe, mop or sweep in up. Move it or put it up … now!
2. Yearn to Never Get Burned.
Burns are at the top of the list for emergency room visits. That includes burns from flames or heat elements on stovetops, hot oven pan burns, boiling water and splattered hot oil burns. Always assume something is hot if it's on or in a stove until proven otherwise.
Never put water on a grease
fire. Simply put a lid over the pan, and turn off the heat if it's safe
to do so. The lid will instantly cut off oxygen to the flames.
If your clothes catch on fire, never run or fan the flames. Simply drop to the floor, cover your eyes with your hands and roll back and forth until the flame is gone.
3. Ways To Cut out Cuts In The Kitchen.
Knifes are the most dangerous tool in the kitchen. Used wisely it makes food preparation easy and convenient. Used carelessly could cause anything from minor to serious injuries. Knife knowledge that causes the most injuries and how to avoid them.
1. If you drop a knife, stand back and let it fall to the floor. Never try to catch a falling knife - no matter how tempting.
2. Never cut something you hold in your hand. More cuts happen this way than you could imagine.
3. Keep your knives sharp. Avoid using dull knives. Did you know more dull knives cause injuries than sharp knives? Here's why. Using a dull knife requires you to use extra force, making the knife more likely to slip and cause a nasty injury. Sharp knives are more predictable require little or no pressure to slice food.
4. Always store knifes with blade side down in dish strainers and store in drawers with handles facing toward the drawer opening and blade away from drawer opening.
5. Never leave a knife near the reach of a child. Not even for a second!
4.Know how to TLC small injuries.
Know how to treat minor kitchen injuries such as burns and cuts. Often small injuries turn into larger injuries because know one treated the minor injury properly at the start and they grew worse. Have a medical book handy that tells you how to treat certain minor injuries. And seek immediate medical attention when in doubt.
5. Stop Falling for Slips.
Floor slips are another dangerous area in most kitchens. Wet floors from slippery and sticky foods, objects in walking paths and other dangers cause unexpected and serious injuries. Here's ways to avoid this danger:
Wipe all spills immediately.
Avoid walking on wet floors … If you must, hold on to something.
Avoid standing on chairs as a substitute for ladders.
Keep floors free of debris.
Never allow running in the kitchen, no matter what.
Consider using no-skid rubber mats in sink areas.
Make sure kitchen provides good lighting when working.
Safety is not an accident it happens on purpose by following simple common sense principles. Don’t wait for something to happen to follow these simple tips.
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