• Common Kitchen Accidents
  • September 12, 2017
  • Even for seasoned cooks, the kitchen can be dangerous. Between burns, cuts, and food-borne illness, kitchen accidents send thousands of people to the emergency room every year. Here are some of the most common kitchen accidents and tips on how to prevent them.

    Fires
    More than 150,000 fires every year start in the kitchen. Kitchen fires injure more than 5,000 people annually. To prevent a dangerous kitchen fire:
    Never leave cooking food unattended
    Keep all flammable objects away from the oven or stove
    Install a smoke detector in the kitchen
    Keep a fire extinguisher within arm’s reach
    Make sure all appliances are off before going to bed or leaving home
    Burns and Scalds
    Burns are also common kitchen injuries. Touching a hot pan, grill, or oven causes serious and painful burns in a matter of seconds. Burns from hot liquids are also very painful. Every year more than 100,000 go to the ER with a scalding injury. To prevent burns and scalds in the kitchen:
    Use gloves or mitts when handling hot pans
    Wear non-skid shoes to avoid falling onto a hot surface
    Avoid transporting hot oil or grease until it has cooled
    Avoid bending over open flames or other hot surfaces
    Turn pot handles inward on the stove to prevent them from being bumped into
    Knives
    Every year, more than 1.5 million people are treated in the emergency room for knife injuries. Many of these happen in the kitchen. Knife injuries can do a great deal of damage. If nerves or tendons are severed, the victim may lose the use of their injured appendage forever. To avoid a knife injury:
    Keep knives sharp. Injuries happen most often with dull knives
    Direct the knife away from the body while cutting
    Stabilize round foods by creating a flat edge before chopping
    Always use a cutting board with a non-slip bottom
    Use the “claw” method of cutting, curling back the fingers of the hand holding the food
    Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Jeffrey S. Gross Represents Workers in the Restaurant Industry
    Professional chefs are injured at work every day. Kitchen accidents are a risk for those that cook for a living – just as they are for home cooks. Workers who are injured on the job may have a legitimate Workers’ Compensation claim. Delaying a claim can mean forfeiting crucial benefits, so injured workers should consult Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyer Jeffrey S. Gross immediately after an accident. Our Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyers are available for free initial consultations. To schedule yours, call 215-629-7225 or contact us online.