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Suiting Up for Safety in the Kitchen To protect yourself from burns, you need to suit up for cooking in the kitchen. Part of what protects a firefighter or a chemist from burns is wearing the right equipment for the job. Why should your expect cooking to be any different? Start by only wearing short sleeve tops or closefitting clothes.

What to Wear Long sleeves or loose clothing easily brush over an open flame or fall into something hot and sticky. You certainly don’t want your sleeves to catch fire. You also want to avoid burns that come when scalding hot liquid soaks into a shirt and then presses against your skin. Next, put on an apron. Even the most careful of cooks will spill something or have a run in with fire. Aprons add an extra protective layer against scalding hot soups, fires (if you purchase a fire resistant one), and a large stain on your nice clothes. So buy and wear an apron. It can be plain and simple if you fear flowers and the appearance of a girl. Don’t use just any potholders to move and support hot pots, use the heavy duty ones. Not only will they prevent the heat from seeping to your hands in the time it takes you to transport it into the dining room, but it will also resist catching the potholder on fire due to the excessive heat. You can’t complain about purchasing quality when it comes to its ability to resist heat. Only buy the heavy duty kind and use them for your hot pots. Finally, the last thing you need to suit up is a good pair of oven mitts. These need to be thick, and yet usable. Some are so thick that they become cumbersome to snatch or hold anything for a long period of time. They need to help you support heavy pans. With short sleeves, close-fitting clothes, an apron, heavy duty potholders and good oven mitts will prepare you for your work in the kitchen. The next thing you can do to increase the safety of your kitchen is to make the environment safe.

Keeping the Stove Clear Keep the stovetops clear. Certainly keep it clear of flammable items, but also don’t clutter it with a lot of items


The only things that should be on your stove are pots and pans (on burners) and maybe a fire retardant cooking spoon that is placed well away from the heat and handles of the pots. When you can, use the rear burners as often as possible. This will reduce the chance of a child—or even an adult—running by and accidentally tipping over the heavy metal objects precariously perched 4 feet off the ground. All cooking is safer when placed farther back on the stove. When you’re cooking, don’t leave your food unattended. The task needs your constant attention. Commit to being around your cooking and don’t leave its side if you can avoid it. If you follow these general rules, you’ll be able to prevent bodily harm and injuries throughout the cooking experience. You also decrease the likelihood of having to deal with unwanted fire damage in the kitchen. Avoiding burns and fires will make your life happier and less stressful. Belfor is there for the victims of fire damage in Tucson, AZ. Belfor offers expert property restoration services that will help families affected by fire damage in Tucson.


Suiting Up for Safety in the Kitchen