The holiday season is right around the corner. And even without those special days coming up, we have all been spending much more time at home than usual. Now is the perfect time to brush up on those kitchen safety tips that we sometimes take for granted. Here is what you need to know before cooking up those big meals or baking those many trays of cookies.
Up to Date Outlets
Your electrical grid has probably been taking on a lot of extra work lately. Now more than ever, it is essential to make sure all your electrical outlets are up to code. This means all outlets must be upgraded to GFCI. While you are at it, check all your appliance cords and make sure there is no fraying or cracking.
Every kitchen should have a working fire extinguisher. Most fire extinguishers last 5-10 years, so check the expiration dates and replace them if necessary. You should have one for every level of your home.
Clean Your Oven
A dirty oven can be a fire hazard. If you are not in the habit of cleaning your oven, heavy holiday cooking is the perfect reason to. If you have a self-cleaning option on your oven, be sure to open some windows in your house while using it.
Sharpen Your Knives
This may seem confusing but sharpening your knives can help prevent common knicks and cutting from chopping in the kitchen. You are more likely to cut yourself with a dull knife than a sharp one.
Always Disinfect the Countertops
It is vitally important, especially now, to use a disinfectant spray on all surfaces in your kitchen. This applies to holiday cooking as well. If you are handling raw poultry, like the Thanksgiving turkey, you will need to wash your hands thoroughly as well as all the surrounding surfaces. This should be done immediately after removing any raw meat or poultry, so you do not contaminate any other ingredients.
Be sure to stay safe this holiday season!