How to Prevent Accidents in the Kitchen

The kitchen is one of the more popular places within the home. We visit it multiple times a day for some form of sustenance. Whether it is a small snack or a full meal, we need that energy to go through our day. You might even be someone who prepares meals and that can be an enjoyable experience!

But that is also where dangers can come in. When not careful, many accidents can occur. Even if you think you are pretty good about being careful, it can never hurt to be prepared. Here are some of the more common accidents that can occur in the kitchen.

Common Habits That Can Lead to Accidents in the Kitchen

Disorganization

One of the more overlooked habits that can lead to kitchen accidents. After a long day and grocery shopping, it can be easy to just set things in the most convenient of places. Although simple, please consider the possible dangers that can occur. Please determine whether:

  • Objects can fall off or be easily knocked off the counter. Place them in a more solid, secure area
  • Possible spilling of various fluids. Do clean immediately if there is a spill
  • Cabinet/shelf doors remaining closed
  • Organize similar products/foods together
  • Objects on the floor that can be a tripping hazard. Remove them and store them elsewhere.

By taking the necessary steps to organize the kitchen, you can prevent accidents from occurring.

Distractions

When cooking, you want to avoid as many distractions as possible. This can potentially take away your focus and make you more prone to accidents. Consider things like:

  • Keeping pets out of the kitchen when cooking
  • Avoid watching television while cooking
  • Avoid using the phone while cooking
  • Setting alarms
  • Planning what you need for your recipe and laying it all out BEFORE cooking

When avoiding distractions in the kitchen, you can be more focused with your cooking and avoid accidents.

Cuts/Lacerations

We might be someone who is prone to injury when cutting or chopping up food. You could be slicing a bagel or avocado in half thinking it’s a simple task. When not careful, you might slice through the food and cut yourself. Or perhaps you want to chop up vegetables in fast manner and be like a professional chef! But you might end up cutting too fast and forget to move a finger. You might nick your finger in the process. Ouch!

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If you are very prone to getting cuts, it would be good to invest in a pair of cut-resistant gloves. They feel like regular gloves but they are reinforced with high-density polyethylene which is a very strong material. Though it protects your hands from cuts, do avoid purposely trying to cut your hand to test its effectiveness.

If you are curious about its effectiveness, you can stick foods into the glove (carrots, hot dogs, etc.). Then go ahead and test it from there. Not worth using your own hand as the guinea pig!

Some things to keep in mind are:

  • Avoid using your hand to hold things to cut when possible (use a cutting board instead with place towel placed underneath).
  • Sharpen your knives. Dull knives may lead to more accidents.
  • Cut away from body when possible.
  • Keep knives in a designated, safe location.
  • Wear the cut-resistant gloves whenever cutting/chopping up foods.

Remember, safety always comes first.

Burns/Fires

This is another one of the more common injuries and will require medical attention. To avoid encountering something like this, it would be good to:

  • Remember to turn off the stove when not in use
  • Avoid sticking anything metallic or made of 100% cotton into the microwave
  • Wear protective gear like heat-resistant gloves when handling food at high temperatures.
    • These also happen to be waterproof
    • Can handle temperatures of up to 446 degrees Fahrenheit.
    • Sweat proof
  • Keep a fire extinguisher nearby.
  • When deep frying foods, allow the oil to rise in heat gradually. Check temperatures to see if appropriate.
  • Unplug devices when not in use

Burns are a very painful experience and should be avoided at all costs.

Unsanitary Area

Probably the most overlooked habit within the kitchen. When one doesn’t keep their kitchen clean, there can be hidden dangers like:

  • Attraction of critters/bugs/small rodents. They can lead to jump scares and potential injury in the kitchen.
  • Buildup of microscopic creatures (fungi, bacteria, virus) that can cause disease.

To avoid attracting these creatures, it would be good to clean and disinfect your kitchen after use.

Summary

The kitchen may be one of the most favorite places in the home. However, it can also be one of the more dangerous places to be in when not careful. Fortunately, many of the common kitchen accidents can be prevented if one puts in the extra effort to take precaution.

You have many strategies as well as tools to assist you with your cooking. You have tools like cut resistant gloves to prevent accidental cuts/lacerations. Heat resistant gloves will help prevent accidental burns. Please stay safe when cooking at home!

Did you enjoy this article? Have you used these special gloves before? Please share your experiences and leave a comment below!

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12 thoughts on “How to Prevent Accidents in the Kitchen”

  1. Accidents in the kitchen are quite common after all it is the most used station oftentimes but they can be avoidable if you look at the reasons you have mentioned here. I know in our kitchen it’s usually distractions or due to unorganization, but a lot of the others I can see being a problem too.

    Thanks for providing posts like these, which are life saving in a way!

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    • Hello there, Sariyah! Distractions and disorganization are still my two accident prone habits that I still have, although I have been more mindful of it. Still a work in progress. And you are welcome, I will definitely be posting more helpful articles in the near future.

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  2. Thanks for sharing this very well written, interesting and informative article wth us here. Cooking for me is one of the things i love doing when i can actually be bothered to cook. But most of the time i hate it. Although, it doesnt help having a tiny kitchen with very little work space. It always seems cluttered.

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    • Hello there, Kwidzin! You are welcome. Cooking can feel tedious at times but the hard work really pays off at the end (when you are enjoying your meal). If you look at my other articles, there are some cooking tools to help make the process slightly easier.

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  3. I am all about preventing accidents. I really liked your post because you touched points I hadn’t even considered before. And one of the most important is disorganization. I had never viewed it as it had a risk factor involved in it. But you’re right, from here on I’ll try to group similar foods together. I am very disorganized in the kitchen.

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    • Hello there, Ann! Glad that you like my post. Being disorganized is one of the more overlooked habits even for myself. This is mainly because disorganization is such a subtle phenomenon and accidents don’t always happen from it.

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  4. Thank you so much for writing these helpful tips. I remember at one time when visiting a friend, she forgot to check the kitchen while cooking and it went on fire. Since there isn’t any fire extinguisher nearby, we call firefighters while using water from the sink to disperse the fire. Now I’m curious, do we need a big fire extinguisher like the ones in the mall/office? (I never see a small one). Is it expensive? 

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    • Hello there, Alblue! You are welcome and that must be a scary experience when things go on fire in the kitchen. It would be good to carry fire extinguishers but you do not have to go to the extent that malls/offices have. You can find some smaller alternatives like the EZ Fire Sprays.

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  5. The kitchen is indeed the room in the house where the most potential accidents can happen, so thank you for the tips and ideas to help prevent accidents. It does help to be organized, as a cluttered kitchen means more things get knocked over, so I do try and put things away that is not being used or needed. The cut resistant gloves sounds like the perfect solution to prevent cutting yourself. Thanks for sharing. 

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    • Hello there! You are welcome. A cluttered kitchen definitely means that things will be knocked over easily and that is good that you try your best to keep things put away.

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  6. Hey, a great post and very good advice for everyone. I particularly could relate to the Cabinet/shelf doors remaining closed. A couple of times I remember leaving them open which resulted in my head getting hurt! Keeping alarms is a great hack actually because most of the time we forget what we kept in the kitchen for cooking. A great read and thanks alot for taking the time to write it.

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    • Hello there, Augustine! I have been a victim of not closing cabinet/shelf doors as well and have hit my head against the corners of the door. Glad that you liked the article!

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