Kitchens are full of hazards and potential accident claims including slips, trips or falls. Whether you work in a kitchen or it is your kitchen at home here are five tips to avoid getting burnt when cooking.
Make sure you always keep the floors clear to avoid trips or falls
If there is something on the floor make sure you clear it away straight away. A slip injury could become severe in a kitchen if you slipped into a pot of boiling water or onto a hob.
Angle the saucepan handles away from the edge
This is a simple but very important safety rule. When there is a saucepan on the hob to avoid a fall injury or worse always make sure the handles are facing away from you. This means there is less risk of knocking it or even worse of small hands grabbing it and causing a much more severe injury to them than just a slip, trip or fall.
Don’t leave pans or hot items unattended
When you are using the hob or a fryer or any appliances do not leave them unattended. This is how accidents such as a chip pan fire start and can potentially cause some nasty accident injuries.
Always supervise children when cooking
If your children are helping you cook always make sure you are supervising them at all times. This means you can reduce the chances of a slip, trip or fall happening or worse. Plus then you can make sure the food is edible.
Make sure your test appliances regularly
This is an important tip because a faulty appliance could be a danger to you and to others in the property. If you are concerned that one of your appliances is not working properly get it checked out by a trained tradesman. This could not only prevent an injury much worse than a simple slip, trip or fall but will make cooking and baking easier with fully working equipment.
Unfortunately, accidents in the kitchen such as slips, trip or falls and burns can and do still occur. If you have sustained a trip injury or burn within the last three years that wasn’t your fault you may be able to make a claim.
Speak to Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to find out more about making an accident claim.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice