Cooking for your significant other can be an exciting and romantic experience. However, if correct health and safety is not followed, it could turn that romantic, candlelit, Paris-at-home experience into a recipe for disaster. Here, Accident Advice Helpline publishes a handy guide to make sure all runs smoothly when preparing cuisine for that special someone.
Checking the food
Before cooking anything, it is important to inspect the produce as to whether it is ok for consumption. Even if the food has not yet reached its expiration date, it may still be bad. Pay special attention to chicken and pork, as spoiled or incorrectly cooked pork or chicken can cause a serious illnesses such as salmonella.
Preparing the food
Make sure that all food has been thoroughly washed before cooking. This will help to rid the food of bacteria which may cause food poisoning.
Make sure the food is thoroughly cooked
When cooking, it is of vital importance to ensure that food has been properly cooked before serving, and once again this should especially be adhered to when cooking chicken and pork due to the risk of salmonella or food poisoning. A handy tip when checking to see if chicken has been thoroughly cooked is prick the chicken with a fork, if the juices run clear then it has been thoroughly cooked. Make sure there are no pink spots on the chicken.
Never leave a frying pan unattended
When using a frying pan, it should be closely watched at all times. Do not leave the pan unattended as this creates a serious fire hazard. It is also important to note that you should never attempt to place food in a frying pan that is smoking.
Tackling a blaze
If proper health and safety procedure is adhered to, then it should significantly reduce the chances of a fire breaking out. However accidents do happen and it is important to know what to do in the event of a fire breaking out. Always know where your fire blanket and extinguisher are kept, check for any signs of damage and check your smoke alarm regularly. If the blaze becomes too much to tackle, leave the kitchen immediately and call the fire brigade.
Thank you for reading Accident Advice Helpline’s guide to cooking for your significant other. You can look forward to more hints and tips on claiming compensation such as accidents at work, slips, trips or falls and accidents on holiday.
Date Published: May 1, 2014
Author: Accident Advice