Whilst the first time someone decides to cook for their partner does not quite have the potential to make or break a relationship, it can go some way to making the right, or indeed wrong, impression. As parents, it is only natural that you want your son or daughter’s attempts to be successful, and that they stay safe whilst doing so.
Cooking accidents – slips, trips and falls
The first thing to make your child aware of when it comes to cooking is the importance of a clean, tidy and organised kitchen. If it is their first real attempt at concocting a meal, then the chances are it won’t be anything too complicated. However, ensuring the area, particularly the floors, are clear from clutter and obstacles can help prevent potentially calamitous trips and falls.
Cooking accidents – the wrong tools
If you are able, it might well be worth lending a helping hand in the form of equipment, especially if your son or daughter no longer lives in the family home. If you know the blender, mixer or knife set you have is of a higher and more reliable quality, then letting them borrow it can minimise the risk of accidents and injuries from malfunctioning products occurring.
Cooking accidents – how to avoid them
It is essential that your son or daughter is aware of the basics. Things like sharpening knives will both improve the quality of the cuts and reduce prepping time but it is important that inexperienced cooks are shown how to do it properly to avoid kitchen accidents.
Other basic essentials include making sure pans of water do not boil over, handles are tucked in so they are not sticking out from the hob and that proper oven gloves are used. All of the above are simple tips that can go a long way to preventing some of the most common kitchen accident injuries such as burns and scalds.
Finally, there’s the cooking itself. Use the wisdom of your experience to impart invaluable tips, such as adding lime, lemon or vinegar to bland dishes, to ensure the meal is a success.
If you are injured in a kitchen accident or elsewhere in an incident that wasn’t your fault, you may be due personal injury compensation. Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm with years of experience in processing personal injury claims. Our legal team works on a no-win, no-fee* basis.
Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice