The Kitchen Is The Most Dangerous Room In The House

According to the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, a survey maintained by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, knife accidents at home led to hospital visits almost 330,000 times in 2011. In a study of 8,000 of these cases, more than two-thirds of the injuries were to fingers.

A lot of these stories we hear about or see are knife injuries. People have literally severed their own fingers while trying to cut vegetables such as onions, (that seems to be a very common one) avocados and oranges are also common. Due perhaps to their round shape being more difficult to hold still and they may just roll easily causing the knife to slip.

The NEISS survey indicated many knife injuries happen when knives are used to open packages, wine bottles, prying apart frozen hamburger patties, etc.

Many kitchen accidents are said to occur when we are distracted by kids, dogs, and other typical daily events by simply not paying attention to what we are doing. One of the most important skills when using a knife is to FOCUS.

 Even The Most Experienced Chefs Have Accidents

We probably don’t hear about a lot of the accidents that happen. Workplace kitchen accidents happen in restaurants quite frequently too as in the above picture in this Memphis, TN. restaurant. Even professionals goof up from time to time severing their fingers.

Here are a few simple tips that have been recommended by professionals:

Keep your knives sharp, a dull knife is harder to use and cuts from sharp knives heal better.
Let frozen food thaw before trying to pry apart with a knife.
If you drop a knife, let it fall, trying to catch it can result in cuts.
Use a cutting board not trying to cut in your hand or your lap.
Cut away from your body, not towards it.
Create a flat surface, if cutting round objects like onions or oranges, slice in half first.
Don’t use knives to open packages, use scissors.
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