Holidays often mean spending time with family and creating fantastic meals in the kitchen. Unfortunately, fires and kitchen-related injuries often increase around the holidays, and even small injuries can put a serious damper on festivities. Some injuries may even require the services of a Sharon personal injury lawyer.

Taking extra precautions to avoid kitchen accidents can significantly decrease the likelihood of an injury occurring this holiday season. Use the following tips to get started.

  1. Always make sure that children are supervised in the kitchen. Turning your back for just a few minutes can result in burns, cuts, and fires.
  1. Ensure that all appliances have properly working cords and plugs. If cords are frayed or are not grounded, they can cause fires and electrical shocks.
  1. Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen. Ensure that anyone working in the kitchen knows how to use the fire extinguisher long before the need arises. Knowing how properly use the extinguisher will allow you to put out fires faster and prevent additional damage. Be sure to use baking soda or flour on grease fires.
  1. Clean up spills on the floor immediately. With more people in the kitchen, it is easy for someone to slip and fall on liquids or even objects on the floor.
  1. Avoid loose clothing and dangling jewelry, if possible. These things can get caught around pot handles, mixers, and can even catch fire. If you have long hair, you should pull that back as well.
  1. Use potholders to handle hot objects. Keep several potholders nearby to transport food safely from one area to another. Just be sure not to leave a potholder near or over open flames.
  1. Ensure knives are put away in a block or a drawer. Knives that are left out can accidentally fall and harm legs and feet. They also occasionally attract children.
  1. Be sure to turn off burners and ovens whenever you are finished using them. Forgotten appliances can be the source of fires and burns.
  1. Always wash your hands before and after handling food, especially raw meats. Simply washing your hands can go a long way in preventing the spread of germs and bacteria. Be sure to use warm, soapy water.
  1. Turn pot handles on the stove or counter inward so you do not bump them. Doing this can also prevent children from reaching up to grab handles as well. Moving pots and pans to the back of the stove can also help prevent scalding and spills.
  1. Do not let perishable foods sit out. Cooking a large meal can take all day, so leaving meats or dairy products out can be common around the holidays. Avoid consuming potentially spoiled food by making sure to put foods back in the freezer or refrigerator if you are not ready for them or if you are done with them.
  1. Scalding injuries are more common than you might think. Be sure to avoid putting water directly in hot pans. You can get scald burns from hot steam as well, so be careful lifting lids and opening microwaved items.

Sometimes injuries can also occur because of defective appliances or utensils. In those situations, you may be able to assert a personal injury claim. Speak with a Sharon personal injury lawyer for more information.