Kitchen Hazards - PHS Food and Nutrition

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Kitchen Hazards - PHS Food and Nutrition
Preventing Accidents
in the Kitchen:
 Practice
safe work habits
 Keep the kitchens clean
 Keep equipment in good condition
The Most Common Kitchen
 Burns
 Fires
 Falls
 Electrical
 Poisoning
 What
are some ways that you can cut yourself in
the kitchen?
Knives, peelers, cans, broken glass
Preventing Cuts:
When using a knife be responsible. Make sure you
cut away from yourself and use appropriate
knives for the types of food you are cutting.
Wash knives separately, never place them in a
sink of soapy water where someone could
accidentally reach in and get cut.
Preventing Cuts:
When opening cans use an opener and make
sure you throw away the lid immediately.
Sweep up broken glass with a broom (not your
hands) and pick up any remaining pieces with a
damp paper towel.
 What
are some ways that burns can occur in the
Not using oven mitts/pot holders, touching the oven
racks or burner, steam, hot water
Preventing Burns:
Always use dry oven mitts or pot holder.
Turn handles of pots and pans inwards so they will
not be knocked.
Be aware of steam and lift lids off pots away from
 How
do fires start in a kitchen?
Leaving food unattended, loose hair/clothing, placing
things on the stovetop, hot grease
Preventing Fires:
Always watch any food that is cooking on the
stovetop or in the oven. Do not leave it
Roll up your sleeves, tie your apron and make
sure long hair is tied back.
Preventing Fires:
 Keep
flammable materials away from the
stove (towels, oven mitts, plastic, aerosol
sprays etc.)
 Do
not put metal in the microwave. Only
plastic or glass. Also, do not start the
microwave if there is nothing in it.
Grease Fires:
Fats and oils are very flammable – keep
equipment clean so grease does not
build up.
NEVER pour water on a grease fire – the
grease will splatter.
NEVER carry a burning pan to the sink –
the grease could spill.
Grease Fires Continued….
ALWAYS turn off the heat immediately.
Use baking soda to put out flames on a
grease fire, or put a cover on the pan to
remove oxygen source.
If necessary use a fire extinguisher.
If you feel it is out of control alert others
and call for help.
 What
could cause someone to fall in a
Slippery falls, obstructions on the floor
Preventing Falls:
If you spill something on the floor clean
it up immediately.
If you drop something, pick it up.
Make sure the work area is clear of any
Do not walk on wet floors.
Electrical Shocks…..
 Have
you ever shocked yourself? How?
How can electrical shocks occur in the
Wet cords, faulty appliances
Using Electricity Wisely:
Never use an electrical appliance with
wet hands.
Keep cords away from the sink and
Never use an appliance with a
damaged cord.
Hold the plug not the cord when
unplugging things.
Never put objects like a fork into an
appliance if it is plugged in.
 Other
than food poisoning how could
someone be poisoned in a kitchen?
Preventing Poisoning:
Poisons can enter the body through
drinking, breathing, eating, or absorption
through your skin.
Many household chemicals are poisonous,
including chemicals, pest control and even
craft items.
ALWAYS read labels carefully and follow the
Preventing Poisoning Continued….
Old chemicals can become reactive.
NEVER mix household cleansers as they
can form a deadly gas.
Store chemicals carefully.
Get first aid or medical help if you
suspect you may have been poisoned.
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