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Kitchen Hazards - PHS Food and Nutrition

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Kitchen Hazards - PHS Food and Nutrition
Kitchen
Hazards
Preventing Accidents
in the Kitchen:
 Practice
safe work habits
 Keep the kitchens clean
 Keep equipment in good condition
The Most Common Kitchen
Accidents:

Cuts
 Burns
 Fires
 Falls
 Electrical
 Poisoning
shock
Cuts…..
 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.
Burns….
 What
are some ways that burns can occur in the
kitchen?

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
yourself.
Fires…
 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
unattended!

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.
Continued…..
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.
Falls….
 What
could cause someone to fall in a
kitchen?

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
obstructions.

Do not walk on wet floors.
Electrical Shocks…..
 Have
you ever shocked yourself? How?
How can electrical shocks occur in the
kitchen?

Wet cords, faulty appliances
Using Electricity Wisely:

Never use an electrical appliance with
wet hands.

Keep cords away from the sink and
stove.

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.
Poisoning…
 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
directions.
Continued….
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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