Accidents in the home happen all too often, mostly due to oversights and basic human error. While you may be at home, no matter the incident you experience, from slips, trips and falls to kitchen-related accidents, there is always a risk of sustaining an injury.
Accidents in the kitchen can vary in severity from cuts and grazes to serious burns and scalds. Having a general awareness of health and safety in the home can minimise the risk of kitchen accidents and help you to avoid burning yourself when cooking.
How to avoid burning yourself when cooking
Much of domestic safety is applying good common sense. If you take basic precautions when in the kitchen at home, you can avoid burning yourself when cooking.
- Always wear suitable protective gloves when taking food in and out of the oven and grill. Oven mitts are designed specifically to help you avoid burning yourself when cooking.
- Stand a safe distance away from boiling pans when removing lids. Steam burns, or scalds, are extremely painful, and may also lead you to dropping the pan in shock and slipping on spilt food.
- Wear a protective apron and never stand directly over pans using oils, fat or boiling water to avoid burning yourself when cooking. These liquids can spit when hot, and can cause burns when they come into contact with your skin.
- Turn the handles of your pans inwards, and towards the wall. This helps to minimise the risk of the handle being knocked and spills from hot food burning the skin or causing a slip/fall hazard.
- Never check the heat of a stove, kettle, or any other kitchen appliance by touching it with your hand.
Injured in a kitchen accident
If you have been injured in a kitchen accident, perhaps at work, and you believe you are not to blame for the incident that occurred, Accident Advice Helpline can help you determine liability.
No matter the nature of your claim – whether you injured yourself at home or at work – call us today and we can discuss the basics of your claim and let you know whether you have a case that is likely to succeed if pursued.
Call us today on freephone 0800 689 0500. Get in touch at a time convenient to you – our lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown