A kitchen is a place that can be considered a very dangerous place if the right precautions aren’t taken. We have things like sharp knives, electric appliances, hot fluids and foods that could easily lead to things like Burns, cuts and even food poisoning. Extreme precaution needs to be taken in the kitchen, and especially if we have young kids or pets in the house. In this article, we are going to take a look at 10 safety do’s and don’ts in the kitchen.
Anything can happen in the kitchen such as a sharp object dropping, or even a glass breaking. In order to protect your feet from fallen sharp objects and other tragedies that could happen in the kitchen, you should always wear shoes when working in the kitchen. They can even prevent one from skidding and falling on a slippery floor.
Learn how to extinguish a fire
Fires are mostly caused when cooking in homes, and sadly, very few people know how to put them out. They could even have fire extinguishers but have no idea how they are used, and yet they can put the fire out in seconds and prevent a disaster. There are different types of fires that are put out using different types of fire extinguishers. Learning to use the fire extinguishers can save you from a disaster, whether the fire is in a microwave, oven, or countertop.
Learn how to use knives
A dull knife is more dangerous than a sharp one. It is more likely to slip and cause injury when compared with a sharp blade. It is important to keep your blades sharp at all times, and also use the appropriate knife for the appropriate purpose. You don’t want to use a bread knife to cut steak.
Wear safe clothing
Wear the appropriate clothes when in the kitchen because you don’t want your long baggy sleeves catching fire on a stove. You wouldn’t want to imagine how that would end. Avoid tops with sleeves and materials that are synthetic or flammable since you don’t want them catching heat and melting on your skin.
There are many ways to prevent burns such as by making sure that the handles of pots and pans are turned inward, making it hard to knock them over. Another way is to ensure that potholders or dish rags aren’t wet.
Always wash your hands
This is something that is supposed to happen automatically but unfortunately, many people still forget. Use warm soapy water to wash hands before and after cooking. This could prevent food poisoning, and especially if you handled raw meats of juices. Ensure that the surfaces that handled the foods are also well cleaned.
Always stir and lift away from you
The lids on pots that have hot food usually have condensation on them and when lifted towards you could end up dripping on you and burning you. The same concept applies to stir, whereby you should always stir away from you to reduce any chances of getting burned.
Never put a hot glass dish on a wet or cold surface
When glass is warm or hot, it expands, contracting when it cools off. This means that if you put the hot glass on a wet or cold surface, it will be subjected to stress that leads to combustion and breaking. Find a safer place to put the glass such as a cutting board.
Avoid using metals on non-stick pans
Using metals on Teflon or non-stick pans can easily bring about toxic compounds that can easily intoxicate the food. It is preferable to use wooden or plastic spoons.
Use different cutting boards for raw meat, fruits, and vegetables
Many people would probably want to use the same cutting board for their meats, veggies, and fruits but that is the surest way of getting salmonella poisoning for the whole family. It is preferable to first cut the veggies and fruits, wash the cutting board thoroughly with soap and water, and then go ahead and cut the meats.
Rustic Calmness with French Country Window Treatments
Still in the kitchen but moving away from safety, we are now going to take a look at French country window treatments. These are treatments that represent the French country lifestyle, inspired by a peasant’s daily routine. These window treatments come with different patterns with picturesque depictions of farm-life scenes and animals. We are going to take a look at some of the features of French country window treatments below:
Toile Roman shades
‘Toile’ is a decorative pattern that shows a tranquil pastoral living while making the space look good by complimenting some of the other accessories in the house.
French country drapes
The French rural communities mixed the fabrics that were used on the drapes, using materials from things such as old clothes.
Decorative animal motifs
Decorative animal motifs signified farm animals like sheep and chicken in reflection to how the French were connected to their environment.
Grain sack stripes
In grain sack stripes, ornamental lines were incorporated on plain, unbleached cotton or burlap to make the window treatments look better.
Vibrant colors and pleats were used to give a homely feeling.
Handmade curtains played a major role in the French provincial design.
Valances made the curtains look better and brass or wooden curtain rails were used.
Safety in the kitchen should be observed at all times so as to avoid tragedies in the house. By following the tips above the tragedies can be minimized. On the other hand, every woman wants a good looking kitchen, which is one of the reasons why they should try out the French country window treatments.