Twenty Ways To Cook Up Some Safety At Home
North American Precis Syndicate
A home-cooked meal won't be a recipe for disaster if you bake in certain safety precautions. (NAPS)
(NAPSI)—Cooking and eating with family and friends can be delightful
as long as you’re careful. Here are 20 hints from health and safety
experts that can help:
1. Never leave children alone in the kitchen.
2. Wash your hands in hot, soapy water before and after handling food,
particularly raw meats. Use paper towels to dry off.
3. Always keep any foods that can spoil, such as dairy products and meat,
in the refrigerator until you need them and put them back right after using
them. Don’t let perishable foods sit out on the counter.
4. Don’t let kids lick their fingers or put their hands in their
mouths when handling food. This is especially impor?tant with raw foods such as cookie dough or meat.
5. Make sure you have, and test monthly, ground fault circuit interrupter
(GFCI) receptacles in your kitchen to prevent shock and electrocution.
6. Don’t put cooked food on an unwashed plate or a cutting board
that has had raw food on it. Always put cooked food on a clean plate.
7. If you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue and
turn away from the food. Wash your hands right after.
8. Keep all electrical appliances away from water. Stay away from
electrical sockets, especially if your hands are wet, and instruct children
not to put their fingers or hands anywhere near sockets.
9. Use a frying screen over pans to prevent grease splattering. If grease
catches fire, cover the pan with a lid.
10. Never cook while there’s a child in your arms. In fact, keep all
children at least three feet away from all cooking appliances.
11. Never add water to a pan that has hot oil in it. It could make the oil
12. Before making any recipe, check all the ingredients and be sure no one
who will be at the table is allergic to any of them. Check food labels on
13. Ranges or cooktops cause 62 percent of home
fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Keep anything
that can catch fire away from your stove top, including oven mitts, wooden
utensils, food packaging, towels and curtains.
14. Keep your oven and stove top clean of grease and dust.
15. Never cook while sleepy, drinking alcohol, or
taking medication that makes you drowsy.
16. Never disable a smoke alarm while cooking.
17. Turn pot handles in, away from reaching little hands.
18. Never leave the kitchen when something’s cooking. The leading
cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking.
19. If a dish towel touches the raw meats or the juices from the raw
meats, quickly remove it from the kitchen for laundering. Clean the sink,
countertops or any areas that raw meats or their juices may have touched.
20. Double-check that everything is off when you finish cooking.
For further facts and tips on safety from the Electrical Safety Foundation
International, the premier nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to promoting
electrical safety at home and in the workplace, visit www.esfi.org.
sure you have, and test monthly, ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI)
receptacles in your kitchen, advises the Electrical Safety Foundation
International, the premier nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting
electrical safety. http://bit.ly/2HFShVT”
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