A Few Kitchen Tips to Keep You Safe

A few Kitchen Tips to Keep You Safe

A few Kitchen Tips to Keep You Safe

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Some of these tips are from personal experience and some are from personal fears!  In case you didn’t know, I’m terrified of fire so I’m really, really careful around my gas stove.  In fact, I’m so scared of fire that I rarely burn candles.  The only time I use them is if there’s a power outage and I have no choice. And in case you’re wondering, I’ve never had a bad experience with fire so I don’t know where this fear comes from.

Anyway, here are some tips to keep you (and me) safe in the kitchen.

  1. Don’t lay anything paper or plastic on your stove – even for a minute. Even if the burner isn’t on, there’s no guarantee that it won’t get turned on accidentally.
  1. Don’t spray Pam into a pan when the burner is on, especially if you have a gas stove. Sometimes it’s okay but other times the overspray can cause the flame to flare up.
  1. Be careful cooking on a gas stove when you’re wearing clothing with strings or anything else that could get in the way of the fire.
  1. Be careful reaching over a gas flame. I store my colanders in the cabinet over my stove.  When I need to get one and the flame is on, I’m really, really careful.  Actually I should probably move them because I always reach for them when the burners are on.
  1. Check to be sure nothing’s already in the oven before you turn it on. My granddaughter has been making cookies lately and cooking them in my oven.  I turned it on once and then realized there were a couple of plates of play dough in there.  I was able to save them before any damage was done.  But it never hurts to check.
  1. Run the dishwasher during the day and when you’re awake. Most of the time the dishwasher does fine, but it’ll be when you’re away from home or sleeping that something bad will happen and you won’t know it until the damage is done.
  1. When using your crock pot, be sure it’s not up against anything that could be damaged by the heat. I accidentally melted a package of candy bars recently.  The package was on the counter and apparently against the crock pot. Oops.  I’ve also melted plastic.
  1. Don’t leave anything you’re cooking on the stove unattended when you have small children. If you must, move the pan to the back burner of the stove so they can’t reach it.
  1. Have a fire extinguisher handy. You never know when you might need it and it could save the day!
  1. Don’t put hot pans near the edge of the counter. Murphy’s Law says they’ll probably fall off and make a mess or hurt someone.
  1. If your stove burner knobs can be bumped on easily, establish a routine to check them before leaving the house or going to bed. My burner knobs do this so I check them often now.
  1. If you’re cooking something but need to go do something else, set a timer (or four) so you won’t forget about it. Even those with the best memory can forget.

What safety tips did I miss?

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Born in Kentucky, I am a wife and mom to 1 son and 2 daughters . I have an ink pen obsession, as well as a love for all things planner. I have been married for 10 years to my high school crush. I am a member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

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10 thoughts on “A Few Kitchen Tips to Keep You Safe

  1. great information! i just read an account on FlyLady about a washing machine catching fire! I had friends who would start up the dryer and then leave the house! Another friend’s house burned down when her Mother left the dryer running in the garage while the family was asleep. The family got out of the house but suffered great loss. My parents once had flames coming out from under the dishwasher! so I totally agree you cannot be too careful. *Check the stove/oven OFF? is one of the things we ALWAYS do before leaving the house and of course no appliances are left running (except the fridge/freezer) and I turn off all fans and set the AC/Heat so as not too run much when we are away.
    I need to research smoke alarms, some just need to be replaced totally along with fire extinguishers. thanks again for sharing this info! CAT

    1. Yep – appliances shouldn’t be left running when we’re not home. Once in a while I will – if I’m not going to be gone long or if something is almost finished – but it’s rare.

      Smoke alarms do need to be replaced. I wrote a post about that several years ago. I didn’t know! They last about 10 years. Fire extinguishers also need to be replaced. Both the smoke alarms and fire extinguishers have an expiration date on them.

  2. These are great tips and I’d like to say I follow them but I’m probably more likely the reason they were written. I am horrible about 2 and 6. There is also a reason we don’t store things in our oven. Thanks for the reminders to be careful!

    1. I had to come back and tell you that I dropped a frozen pizza upside down in the bottom of the oven last night, turned the oven off, and left it in there while I picked up all the olives that fell off of it. Guess when I remembered it was in there? Yep, this morning as I was heating the oven to make muffins for the kids. Thankfully, I had at least picked it up (with tongs) and set it the right way on the rack. I think I need these tips more than I’m willing to admit!

      1. Oh, no!!! That’s why I wrote that tip – it’s so easy to stick something in there and then forget. Or discover the hard way that someone else put something in there and didn’t bother telling anyone.

        Sympathies on the oven mess. I hate, hate, hate cleaning the oven so I work hard to prevent accidents and when they happen, I am SO bummed!!!

  3. Great article. Also remember not to remove the battery if your smoke detector goes off due to smoke in the kitchen. Nuisance alarms are the biggest reason smoke detectors don’t go off when they are needed. People remove the batteries when a false alarm hits and often times fail to put the batteries back, creating a dangerous situation for their families. There are 10 year sealed battery smoke alarms on the market that prevent this from happening.

    1. Good tip, Chris. We did remove the batteries in ours the other day because it was going off when I was cooking something smoky. We put it back in right away, though. But it is easy to forget.

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