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    Safety tips for electric stovetops


    Electric stovetops can present you with a risk of injuries by burning, scalding, fire or electrocution. Here are a few safety tips to prevent kitchen accidents while using an electric cooker. Safety tips for electric stovetops To minimise the risk of injury by electrocution or electrical fires, have electric cookers installed by professionals. When cooking….

    Dangers of accidentally leaving the gas stove on


    ContentsAccidents that occur when accidentally leaving the gas stove onOther dangers of gas cookersCarbon monoxideRented accommodationRight to claimAbout usGas stoves are among the most dangerous household appliances to have in your home. Accidentally leaving the gas stove on exposes you to several risks. Here are some of these risks. Accidents that occur when accidentally leaving….

    The dangers of condensation in the kitchen


    Condensation in the kitchen can pose a number of risks to your health and safety. The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the house. It’s also home to arguably the greatest number of hazards. From kitchen equipment and floor surfaces to food products and boiling water, care is needed to avoid kitchen….

    Should you leave a slow cooker on overnight?


    Do you need to leave a slow cooker on overnight? If so, there are steps you need to take and things you need to consider to prevent accidents from happening. Slow cookers are of course designed to be left on for long periods of time, but it is vital that you take the manufacturer’s instructions….

    How to safely clean a toaster


    Who doesn’t love a cup of tea and some hot toast? If you’re using a toaster at work or you’re settling in for a night in front of the TV at home, making toast may seem like a very easy task. The trouble with toasters is that they tend to become stuffed with crumbs very….

    How often should I clean my fridge and freezer and why?


    The main reason to regularly clean your fridge and freezer is to prevent food poisoning bacteria and other germs ‘carried’ into them by packaging, unwashed hands, used condiment bottles, etc. from getting a foothold and endangering the health of your family. A good clean-out also enables you to discard food past its use-by date, which….

    How to dispose of hot oil after frying


    The straightforward, simple answer to the question of how to dispose of hot oil after frying is, you do not dispose of hot oil, but allow the oil to cool before doing anything with it. Why not to dispose of hot oil The reason you should allow oil to cool before trying to dispose of….

    What steps to take if you have a fire in the kitchen


    Combining electrical appliances and water, grease, oil, hot surfaces and sharp instruments can unfortunately equate to fire in the kitchen as well as other catering accidents at work. Kitchen fire statistics According to Firesafe.org.uk, almost two thirds of domestic fires alone start in kitchens. This does not account for the many fires that remain unreported….

    Survivor Guide: Working in a restaurant kitchen


    In a restaurant kitchen you are surrounded by fire, knives and bacteria, and there is always a danger of accidents taking place. Safety should be your number one priority. Most people associate restaurant kitchen accidents with burns and scalds, normally from hot water, appliances, stoves, and ovens. But slippery surfaces and ingredients can also cause….

    5 common accidents when defrosting your fridge


    Defrosting your fridge seems like a straightforward task with little to no risk of sustaining personal injuries in the process. In reality, simple mistakes can lead to a variety of common accidents when defrosting your fridge. The most common accidents when defrosting your fridge Water running onto the floor, bits of broken-off ice, and carelessly deposited bowls, buckets and….

    5 most dangerous kitchen appliances


    ContentsDangerous kitchen appliancesClaiming compensation for kitchen accidentsGetting in touch with usWhen considering accidents in the kitchen, we often think of cuts, burns, slips, trips and falls. Yet, there are some dangerous kitchen appliances which can cause kitchen accidents of varying severity. An awareness of these dangerous kitchen appliances and the hazards in your home can minimise the chance of….

    Why you need to use the right chemicals to clean your oven


    When you decide that it is time to clean your oven, there are various health and safety factors to consider. It is true that whenever we undertake jobs around the house, there is always a risk of accidents, such as slips, trips and falls; however, the chemical-related dangers when you clean your oven can be particularly severe. Using the….

    General oven cleaning safety


    When it comes to keeping your home clean, there are a few precautions you should take. Whether you’’re cleaning out the oven at work, or you’’re doing some spring cleaning at home, it’’s wise to take general oven cleaning safety tips on board. The last thing you want is to be involved in accidents at work….

    True or false: Burn injuries can’t get infected


    One of the most common complications of a fire accident is burn injuries. If you’ve been injured at home or you’ve suffered burns as a result of accidents at work, you may be thinking about making a claim for compensation. If you’ve been injured through no fault of your own, you have a right to make….

    Disposing of old kitchen equipment


    When it comes to disposing of old kitchen equipment, there are certain steps you should take to prevent accidents at work and injuries at home. There are measures in place to keep people safe and to promote greener living. Sometimes, it’s possible to recycle electrical items. Disposing of old kitchen equipment If you’re disposing of….

    The most dangerous foods to cook that cause fires


    When working in a professional kitchen, accidents at work become par for the course. Chefs often come to realise that they have very few colleagues without scarred hands and arms from slips of the knife and burns. Yet, by understanding what are some of the dangerous foods to cook that can lead to fires, chefs….

    The dangers of having a deep fat fryer


    Often regarded as one of the fundamental pieces of equipment in professional kitchens, the deep fat fryer produces some of our most guilty, but nonetheless delicious, culinary treats. That being said, having a deep fat fryer can lead to myriad accidents at work of varying severity. The dangers of having a deep fat fryer Having….

    How to stop oil splattering around the kitchen


    Kitchen accidents at work can lead to some of the most severe work-related injuries and illnesses. Working around high temperatures with sharp tools and flammable items is the ideal recipe for workplace accidents. Having a knowledge of some simple strategies, such as how to stop oil splattering around the kitchen, can significantly help to minimise….

    When one of your kitchen appliances catches fire


    If you’re cooking a meal at home or you’re preparing food at work, it’s wise to know what to do if one of your kitchen appliances catches fire. Hopefully, you’ll never have to deal with accidents at work or a fire at home, but it’s always beneficial to be prepared. What not to do if….

    Safely cleaning your toastie machine


    Whether you prefer cheese and ham, a little bit of onion, tomatoes, or even beans in your toastie, cleaning your toastie machine correctly can be the bugbear following a tasty afternoon snack. While slips, trips and falls in kitchens are quite commonplace, by cleaning your toastie machine safely and correctly, you can minimise other kitchen….

    Does your kitchen need a fire extinguisher?


    Fire safety should be a concern for all of us, regardless of whether we’re at home or work. If you’re worried about accidents at work, or you’d like to ensure better protection at home, you may be thinking about whether or not you need a fire extinguisher. Does your kitchen need a fire extinguisher? If….

    5 things you can’t put in the oven


    Whether you are using an oven at home or in a restaurant kitchen, there are some things that you simply can’t put in the oven. Obvious things you can’t put in the oven Some things are very obviously not suitable for putting into ovens. Some of these things include, for instance: Clothing Towels or dishcloths….

    Differences between gas and electric stoves


    If you cook at home or you prepare food as part of your job, you’re probably aware that using a stove carries risks of accidents at work and house fires. If you’ve been injured at work using gas and electric stoves, and you weren’t to blame, you may wish to consider claiming personal injury compensation…..

    Why you shouldn’t drink and fry


    You’re probably not thinking of accidents at work or staying safe at home when you head out for a night on the tiles, but it’s wise to be wary of potential hazards. When you drink alcohol, you increase your risk of all kinds of accidents, especially slips, trips and falls. Alcohol affects your judgement and….

    How to keep pan bottoms from burning through


    We have all experienced the dreaded burn of pan bottoms. It’s just too easily done. All it takes is to be otherwise occupied for a few minutes while cooking, and your pan bottoms are left worse for wear. That being said, while these incidents are a common occurrence, it is important for professional chefs to….

    Ways to keep your kitchen germ free


    All chefs know that it is essential to keep your kitchen germ free to maintain suitable hygiene standards. When you keep your kitchen germ free you work to ensure the health and safety of your customer base, as well as minimising the risk of accidents at work. How to keep your kitchen germ free When you….

    Knife safety: how to avoid an accident


    The very nature of the chef’s role involves an element of preparing produce to be used during service. Typically, this task involves the use of knives, day in, day out, and so a knowledge of knife safety is imperative to minimise the risk of accidents at work. While knife safety may seem nothing more than….

    The 5 most flammable things in the kitchen


    Accidents at work are almost expected when you are employed in a professional kitchen. That being said, an awareness of hazards, such as flammable things in the kitchen, can help ensure a safe work environment and minimise the risk of injuries at work. What are the most flammable things in the kitchen? When working in….

    How to flambé safely


    Flambé is a French term used to describe the process of igniting a dish to which spirits or liqueurs have been added. Knowing how to flambé safely is vital in order to prevent accidents at work or in the home. Flambé safely: the basics In order to flambé safely, it is necessary to have all….

    Tips to avoid injury when using a deep fat fryer


    Using a deep fat fryer can be extremely dangerous. Hot oil can cause serious injuries by burning and scalding, and if a fryer is allowed to catch fire, resulting injuries can be equally severe. The following safety tips can help to prevent deep fat fryer accidents at work and at home. Using a deep fat fryer….

    Treating severe burn injuries


    Even the mildest burn can be very painful and severe injuries can cause lifelong damage to the skin. If you’ve been burned as a result of accidents at work or you’ve sustained work-related injuries and you weren’t at fault, you may be able to claim work accident compensation. Treating severe burn injuries Many people risk….

    Five safety tips to avoid burning yourself when cooking


    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. Kitchen accidents Accidents in the kitchen can vary in severity from….

    Are coal barbecues safe to cook indoors?


    You can’t beat the taste of barbecue-grilled meat. Yes, it’s undeniable that cooking over charcoal gives a mouth-wateringly unique taste, but despite this fact, there are health and safety issues to consider, like whether coal barbecues are safe to cook indoors. Are coal barbecues safe to cook indoors? In recent years, it has become a….

    The hazards of working as catering staff


    Catering is generally defined as the provision of food services. As such, it embraces a range of occupations covering everything from food preparation to the serving of food. Hazards for individuals working as catering staff Hazards likely to put people working as catering staff at risk of having accidents at work can vary depending on….

    Do different fires have different methods of extinguishing?


    Fires are incredibly dangerous and it’s advisable to learn what to do if you find yourself faced with flames at home or a fire at work. All UK companies should have procedures in place to protect employees in the event of a fire breaking out and staff members should be aware of the steps to….

    The most bizarre accidents to happen in the kitchen


    ContentsBizarre accidents in the kitchenCommercial kitchensWhen cooking goes wrongFreak accidents can happen anywhere, but kitchens certainly seem to have their fair share of strange incidents. Bizarre accidents in the kitchen A compilation of the most bizarre accidents to happen in the kitchen must surely include the following: A Scottish mother slipped in her kitchen and….

    The safe operation of an electric knife


    In the kitchen, knives are potentially one of the most dangerous items that could cause much more pain than a simple slip, trip or fall injury. However, when you add electricity these tools become a lot more lethal if not handled correctly. What type of accident claims can occur from using an electric knife? Whether….

    Most dangerous kitchen items: Food processor


    Working in a kitchen can be extremely hazardous, and accidents at work in kitchens are comparatively common. Food processors One kitchen gadget often responsible for work accidents is the food processor. The risks here are injury by electrocution if the appliance is not well maintained or used too close to water or with wet hands…..

    Why should I not stick a knife in the toaster?


    Although modern toasters are built to exacting safety standards and the risk of being electrocuted is minimal under normal circumstances, the one main reason for not putting a knife in the toaster is still the risk of injury by electrocution. Here is why this is so. Reasons not to put a knife in the toaster….

    How to safely defrost your freezer


    Defrosting a freezer is an important part of making sure that your appliance does not get too frozen up and to make sure it lasts longer. However, you need to carry out this task in a controlled way or you could quite easily sustain a slip injury. How can a slip injury be sustained by….

    Home coffee machines: Convenient but hazardous?


    Home coffee machines have taken the world by storm, promising to recreate the experience of a café-bought coffee in the comfort of your own home. Although home coffee machines may be convenient and represent good value for money, they can also be dangerous and it’s important to use and maintain them properly in a bid….

    Safely operating a deep fryer


    Chefs, kitchen porters and all catering industry professionals work with various pieces of kitchen equipment that put them at risk of accidents at work. As well as the hazards presented by this equipment, the stressful nature of the job, teamed with long working hours, leads to a heightened risk of occupational injuries and illness. All….

    How to avoid burn injuries when cooking with oil


    Whether you’re cooking a family meal at home or you’re preparing to serve hundreds of guests lunch at a bar or restaurant, it’s important to bear health and safety measures in mind to prevent burn injuries and reduce the risk of accidents at work. How to avoid burn injuries when cooking with oil Cooking is….

    Safe use of a corkscrew


    The main use of a corkscrew is to remove a cork from a bottle. This could be wine, cider or any other drink which is corked. It may seem like a simple action but it can cause injury even if you are in the catering business and carry out this task every day. What types….

    Five tips to safely use gas barbecues


    While slips, trips and falls in the garden might be a common occurrence among youngsters, and adults after a few too many Pimms, there are various barbecue-related accidents that we should all be aware of, as we head into the sunniest season of the year. Barbecue accidents and injuries As well as slips and trips….

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