We spend a lot of time in the kitchen and given the fire, sharp implements and concentration we need for cooking it is no real surprise that there are a large proportion of household injuries emanating from this room. Some of the most common cooking injuries are listed below.
Five causes of common cooking injuries
- Cuts: Even the most experienced chef will suffer cuts from time to time when dealing with extra sharp knives. When chopping make sure you have a stable cutting surface and be extremely careful at all times. There are many ways of suffering a cut injury other than from chopping vegetables, though. Blenders and food processors along with broken crockery account for a proportion of injuries each year. If you keep your knives in a drawer they should be at the back to avoid accidentally stabbing yourself and sharp blades should never be left soaking in water. Opening tin cans and slicing bread are also the cause of a large number of cut injuries each year.
- Burns and scalds: Boiling liquids and bubbling oil are the most likely causes of scalds and burns although the oven and steam can also be dangerous. Always use oven gloves and be aware of spitting oil or steam emanating from pans. Be aware and extra careful around boiling water as spilling a pot can scald severely.
- Eye irritation: Touching hot chilli peppers and then touching your eyes can lead to extreme irritation, infection and burns. Avoid getting too close to frying oil as a spatter of grease in the eye is also a recipe for disaster. Using eye drops or just rinsing the eyes is a good approach at this stage.
- Slipping: Slips, trips and falls are very common in the kitchen due to the amount of hazards that are present. You can find yourself slipping, tripping and falling on spilt water, over misplaced implements or overstretching for a needed item on a high shelf. If your cupboards, or fridge, is too well stocked then there is the danger of items falling when you open the door and this can lead to injury if something heavy lands on your foot.
- Fire: It is quite common to have a fire in the kitchen, particularly when using a gas cooker or using very hot oil. It is important to move all flammable items as far away as possible and turn pot handles inside to avoid knocking them over.
If you have suffered an injury while cooking from a trip, fall, slip or other accident that was somebody else’s fault in the last three years then you might be able to claim for compensation, call Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 to discuss your options.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice