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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Have a fire extinguisher handy. You never know when you might need it and it could save the day!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?