As we gather for the holidays it's important to remember how to stay safe in the kitchen.
Attorney Craig Swapp, explained that the kitchen is actually a prime place for slip-and-fall injuries, especially for older adults.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 30 million older adults fall each year, resulting in about 30,000 annual deaths.
These steps can help people eliminate those slip-and-fall hazards in the kitchen:
- Remove rugs from the cooking/kitchen area
- Clean up liquid and foods spills immediately
- Avoid standing on chairs, tables, or stools to reach high up ingredients or cooking implements.
Burns are also a serious risk for anyone during the holidays but are a particular concern for children.
For younger children, hot liquids and steam are the most likely culprits, both of which are usually encountered in the kitchen.
So for all the holiday home chefs follow these guidelines to help minimize burn risk:
- Keep younger children completely out of the kitchen and away from pots of boiling liquids
- Use hot pads and pan holders when handling hot food
- Turn pan handles away from other burners and the edge of the range
- Keep loose sleeves and other clothing away from burners
If you have been injured and would like more information go to craigswapp.com