KITCHEN HAZARDS

KITCHEN HAZARDS

Hello there, this is Goke Akingbade (your Safety Guide) congratulating you in your witness of the new year, 2015. A lot of great things await us all in this new year. Today , we will be looking at the hazards in the kitchen. Basically, kitchen hazards include the following:

  1. FALLS
  2. CUTS
  3. ELECTRICAL SHOCK
  4. POISONING
  5. FIRES AND BURNS

FALLS : The first one we are going to consider is falls. This can be very painful when it occurs. Falls usually occur in the kitchen as a result of wet or slippery floors, damaged parts of the floor etc.

PREVENTING FALLS                                                                                                                                                          (1) Damaged flooring must be repaired. (2) Dispose of any broken glass immediately.                         (3) Ensure to keep floors clean and clutter free. (4) Never use chairs to reach high places, use a footstool.

CUTS : A cut is incurred on the body, be it hands, legs or face .etc due to contact with a sharp object or tool.

PREVENTING CUTS                                                                                                                                                                          (1) Keep knives sharp and use properly. (2) Never try to catch a flying knife. (3) Do not put knives in dishwasher pointing side up.(4) Do not soak knives in the sink or water.(5) Use a cutting board when cutting onions, tomatoes or vegetables on a plane surface.

ELECTRIC SHOCK: An electric shock occurs when a person comes in contact with an electrical energy source. Electrical energy flows through a portion of the body causing an electric shock.

PREVENTING ELECTRIC SHOCK                                                                                                                                                       (1) Do not put metal inside a microwave oven.(2) Water and electricity do not mix.                           (3) Look out for electrical problems or issues. (4) Take care in your usage of any plugged in appliance. (5) Dispose of all faulty appliances.(6) Put a childproof lock on your oven.                        (7) Read the owner’s manual.

Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) outlets should be used in kitchens. If there is a surge or short in the appliance, wiring or plug, the GFCI will shut down the power.

POISON: A poison is any substance that is harmful to your body. It might be swallowed, inhaled, injected or absorbed.

PREVENTING POISONING

Hazardous Chemicals:                                                                                                                                                           — Never transfer hazardous products to another container                                                                                                                                                    — Always ensure to read labels.                                                                                                                                                             — Be careful when handling hazardous chemicals, they can cause burns, breathing difficulties and poisoning

For now, this is where we will stop. So till I come your way again, this is Goke Akingbade(your Safety Guide) wishing you a wonderful 2015.