As sights and sounds of the season kick into high gear, so does the spreading of holiday cheer through the sharing of baked goods and tasty treats. Many holiday customs include the creation of delicious confections and traditional dishes and this means more time in the kitchen around heat elements where the risk of burns threatens to derail the fun. The most common burns occurring in the kitchen are from scalding and flame burns but through planning and preparedness, you should be able to prevent them. The following will provide you with some basics to set the tone for kitchen safety this holiday season.
KEEP YOUR KITCHEN SAFE
Setting up your workspace appropriately before any cooking or baking will help eliminate accidents. When planning for your projects, have all tools and ingredients placed out ahead of time to avoid rushing around and frustration, which often leads to accidental burns. Also, be sure to remove unneeded clutter and objects from counter space so that transferring pots or pans to different parts of the kitchen is not troublesome.
Avoid sharp, painful burns that occur from touching the oven rack, hot pans, casserole dishes, or the stovetop by utilizing pot holders and silicon sleeves. Avoid the temptation to utilize a dishtowel as they are not designed to protect your skin from burns. Pot holders and silicon sleeves or gloves are specifically made with insulated materials to protect you. Before baking or cooking, set out your pot holders, trivets, and silicon sleeves so they are easily within reach as you need them.
To prevent hot food or liquid spills, always turn pan handles away from the edge and out of the way of kitchen traffic flow. If handles are sticking outward, chances of an accident are increased. Use back burners instead of front burners so that reaching across hot elements can be avoided.
Most importantly, keep a fire extinguisher nearby for quick response in the event of a fire.
While accidents can happen in even the safest of kitchens, it's important to understand the classification of the three levels of burns so they can be treated quickly and properly.
THREE PRIMARY LEVELS OF BURNS
If you or a loved one has experienced a burn and you're unsure of how to care for it, receive immediate professional treatment at any Urgent Clinics Medical Care location in the Houston area including Pearland, Champions, The Woodlands and 3 locations in League City: Creekside, Marina Bay, and Tuscan Lakes. Our providers are available extended hours and on the weekends, and are equipped to give expert medical care for first and second-degree burns. If you are certain of a third-degree burn, dial 911 or rush to an emergency room immediately.