precautions while using kitchen equipments
. Do you like putting on an apron and making a delicious snack for your family? How about helping out at the stove, stirring and sniffing the sweet smells? Or making cookies by cutting out your favorite shapes.Although making food is fun, it s important to know how to be safe. This means knowing when to get the help of an adult assistant, how to keep things clean, and how to use the kitchen safely. Let s get cookin.
Safety in the Use of Kitchen Equipment
. Having kitchen facilities in an office setting can be a convenience or a hazard. Even if the facility is simply a staff break room with refrigerator, microwave oven, sink and dishwasher, it is important to ensure that equipment is appropriate for the setting, and is installed and maintained properly.
. Read manufacturers directions and safety precautions in operations manual
Store knives in a wooden block
. Make sure the knives are out of the reach of children.
Never cook in loose clothes
. You dont want anything accidentally catching fire not to mention hair ending up in the food! .
Never cook while wearing dangling jewelry
. A bracelet can get tangled around pot handles.
. Be careful not to leave them near an open flame.
Turn pot handles away
. Children cant grab them, and adults cant bump into them if theyre out of the way.
Dont let temperature sensitive foods
. Raw meat, fish, and certain dairy products can spoil quickly, so refrigerate or freeze them right away.
Wipe up spills immediately
. Keep the floor dry so that no one slips and falls.
Get a fire extinguisher for your kitchen
. This device may not do much for your cherries jubilee, but it can avert a disaster. Make sure you know how to use it before a fire breaks out. You cant waste any time reading the directions amidst the flames.
Dont use extension cords
. You can obtain a junction box that has built in GFI ground fault interrupters . This will allow you extra plug in space and the GFI will kick in if there is a power shortage. Helps avoid water electrical shock accidents.
. It should be well groomed. Hold the steel in the left hand and the knife in the right, draw the blade away from you at an angle of 45 Degrees. Six or seven times on each side of the steel exerting slight pressure.
. The stone should not be too coarse as a saw edge may result. Angle the blade of the knife to 45 Degrees and sharpen alternate sides of the knife using considerable pressure & drawing almost the whole length of the blade edge. Always wipe the knife on a cloth before use as small particles of the stone stick to the blade.
. 1.lead to a short circuit. To clean switch off electric supply. Do not use more water than necessary. Dry thoroughly when clean. For gas equipment, turn off gas supply to appliances. Clean thoroughly and remove parts that can be cleaned separately & fit them correctly. Check if pilot light is functioning. 2. GRILLS SALAMANDERS Ensure the tray beneath the bars is always clean. Switch off electrical supply and clean the bars thoroughly, as well
At all times
. Make sure that the mixer is level and attached to a steady surface
While you are working
. Turn the machine off to load ingredients or to adjust food.
You Are Cleaning the Mixer or Accessories
. Unplug the machine ? if you cannot control the plug while you are cleaning the mixer or if the machine is wired into the wall;? Lockout the control switches ? After completing lockout, check that no one can move any part or start the machine and that no parts can move on their own.
. Small appliances such as microwaves, food processors, blenders, toasters, toaster ovens and coffee pots should have short cords. Always plug these appliances in near an outlet rather than connecting them to an extension cord. Observe all manufacturer warnings.
. Vent smoke and cooking steam through the range hood, and be sure to remove its filter and wash it regularly to reduce grease build up, which can catch fire. Stoves : Do not use a wet pot holder or dish cloth to remove items from the oven these conduct heat instantaneously and can cause severe steam burns. Watch broiling foods carefully to ensure they do not burn or burst into flame from their proximity to the intense heat source. Clean up spills
To use ovens safely
. Let ovens cool before cleaning. Never allow grease to accumulate in cracks of oven because this creates a fire hazard; grease also causes unpleasant odors and attracts roaches and mice. Always keep oven doors closed when not in use. Do not close door on gas models until gas is ignited. Ventilate gas ovens before lighting.
To use steam kettle safely
. Guard against possible steam burns when raising kettle lid. See that proper water level is maintained in water jacket. If the water jacket has gone dry, do not add water to the jacket without first allowing it to cool. Be certain that safety valve is in good working order. If steam pressure rises above safety level, turn off and call reliable service person. To prevent burns, use long handled paddles for stirring and longhandled dippers for r
To use steamer safely
. Follow the instructions for the type of steamer. Guard against possible steam burns when opening door. If steam leaks around door after tightening, have steamer checked by reliable service person. Be certain that safety valve is in good working order. If steam pressure rises above safety level, shut off steam and call reliable service person. Clean up spilled foods immediately. See that proper water level is maintained in self steam generat
To use mixer safely
. Be sure to have correct electrical connections grounded according to identification plate on mixer. When cleaning mixer, do not let water come in contact with the motor or electrical wiring. Select the correct bowl for type of mixture and then select correct beater or whip. Be sure to fasten bowl and beater or whip securely before starting the motor. Do not put hand or spoons into bowl while the mixer is in operation. Stop machine before
To use a vertical cutter mixer safely
. The machine cannot be turned on when the lid is open, but the knives may continue to revolve after the machine is turned off. Do not open the lid until the knives have come to a full stop.Always handle the knives carefully. They are sharp!
To use a slicer safely
. Always make certain the switch is off and the plug is pulled out of socket before cleaning. Never use slicer when blade guard is off. Always keep hands away from blade when machine is in operation; never catch food with hands. Keep plug out of socket when machine is not in use. Be certain guard is on slicer before putting plug in socket. When cleaning a slicer, do not let water come in contact with the motor or electrical wiring. When disc
To use food chopper safely
. Never put hands in bowl when chopper is in use. Wait until knives have stopped revolving before removing food or cleaning. Do not overload the bowl; fill no more than 2 3 full. Use large spatula rather than your hand to guide food into cutter; move in direction opposite from bowl rotation. Do not use for cutting meat with bones and gristle. After cleaning, make sure knives are replaced in the proper position.
Importance of Cleaning and Sanitizing
. Always keep the equipment in proper running order.Sanitize according to manufacturer s instructions to kill any harmful bacteria and halt their production.Clean and sanitize each piece of equipment to prevent contamination to food from other food products or cleaning products.Prevent patients, residents, public or staff from acquiring a food borne illness and becoming seriously ill to extend the life of the equipment being used.
Do You Know Now To Safely Handle a Knife
. You know the saying, a dull knife is more dangerous than a sharp one . I know we have all heard this before, and it s true. A dull knife is more likely to slip and cause injury because it requires more force to cut with a dull knife than a sharp one. In order to cut something, always cut by applying even pressure. The correct and safe cutting procedure is to hold the knife handle firmly and apply even pressure downward and away from the hand. Al
Take your time
. Accidents happen when you become frustrated or when youre in too much of a hurry. Three minute eggs become an all night affair when you re delayed in the emergency room.
Wear Shoes and Safe Clothing
. Like Chandler in Friends, I once dropped a knife on my foot. I did need stitches, although I didn t actually sever my toe. From that day on, I learned that wearing shoes, good sturdy shoes, is essential to kitchen safety.Make sure you are wearing safe clothes too. Sleeves should not be long and flowy. Do not wear loose clothing or anything flammable, and avoid synthetic clothing, which can melt onto your skin if it catches on fire.
Don t Rush
. Rushing around the kitchen will almost guarantee accidents. Unless you re a pro, cut food slowly, do not run from station to station, and take your time when moving hot pots and pans. Saving a few minutes here and there will be negated if you need to make a trip to the doctor s office.
Always use hot pads
. Keep a good selection of hot pads and oven mitts on hand. Always use them for any bowl, pot, or pan that has been in an appliance. It s especially important to use these items on bowls you are pulling out of the microwave oven. Even microwave safe bowls can get quite hot, and it s easy to burn yourself. And if a hot pad or oven mitt gets wet, don t use it until it dries. A wet pad or cloth will easily transmit heat.
Clean up spills promptly
. Cleaning up spills as you go not only helps save time when cleaning the kitchen, but will help prevent accidents. Water, food, and grease on the floor will almost guarantee a fall.Watch out for cooking sprays too. If they are sprayed on the floor, the surface will become very slippery. I always hold the pan I m spraying over the sink so any over spray will not land on the floor.
Learn how to Extinguish Fires
. Always have a fire extinguisher handy in your kitchen, and be sure that you know how to use it before you need it.Know a little bit about different fires. Never try to extinguish grease and electric fires with water; baking soda or a pan cover work best. Smothering a fire by removing air is the best way to put most out. Use a pot cover, baking soda, or salt, not water.A fire in the microwave can be put out just by turning the appliance off and ke
Be careful around stove burners
. Always keep pot handles turned away from the front of the stove; it s too easy to accidentally brush against them and spill hot food on yourself. Never reach over a hot burner to another pan. Push back your sleeves when cooking food on the stove top. And keep pot covers handy to smother flames.
Don t Leave Food Unattended
. Never leave the house when food is cooking or baking, except for a slow cooker. I put my slow cooker on my cool stove top just so it s on a heatproof surface. Food can quickly go from browning to burning to bursting into flame.
Stop Drop and Roll
. Learn personal safety and fire safety. Teach your children about stop, drop, and roll if their clothing catches on fire. In fact, teach your kids to respect the kitchen, fire, and heat. Nothing in the kitchen is a toy.
Keep a First Aid Kit in the Kitchen
. Most people keep a first aid kit in the bathroom. One belongs in the kitchen as well. Make sure it s stocked with up to date equipment, including gauze, burn salve, scissors, and the phone number for your doctors and nearby hospitals.
Sockets and switches
. To avoid water coming into contact with electricity, make sure that your sockets or switches are fitted at a safe distance at least 30cm horizontally from the sink If appliances such as fridges, dishwashers and washing machines are fitted under worktops, getting to sockets may be difficult. Ideally, these appliances should be controlled by a switched fuse connection unit mounted above the worktop where you can reach it easily.