Basic Knife Safety Tips To Avoid Common Injuries At Home

We at want to share another informative post by our guest writer Jackie Williams regarding Basic Knife Safety Tips To Avoid Common Injuries At Home per the following:

36% of knife-related injuries occur in the kitchen. Knives are an everyday item that you can easily become accustomed to, forgetting how easily they can cause damage, so it’s important to remember some basic safety tips. Following these simple guidelines, like which way to put knives in the dishwasher and where to store them, so you can avoid harmful accidents around the home.

Correct Ways To Use A Knife

Always work on a chopping board that is flat and stable to avoid it moving whilst you’re cutting. You should never cut something against your hand, even though it might offer a more stable surface to cut against, the knife can easily slice your hand. In fact, lacerations and cuts make up 42% of hand injuries at hospital emergency rooms. When chopping and slicing food, use a claw position with your hand with your thumb tucked out of the way. Make sure you’re using the right knife for what you’re cutting. If in doubt, you should opt for a knife that can be used for multiple jobs, such as a Japanese knife, which are often used by professional chefs for meat, fish and vegetables.

Safe Storage And Handling Of Knives

Knives should ideally be stored in designated wood blocks where the blades are hidden away and there’s no chance of them hurting anyone. Storing knives in a drawer among other cutlery and utensils can make them difficult to see and someone could catch themselves on the blade. For the same reason, you shouldn’t put knives in the sink with other items or when there’s water in it as this can disguise the knife and lead to injuries. If you’re passing a knife to someone else put it on the worktop and let them pick it up, as opposed to handing it to them as one of you will end up holding the blade. You should never lick a knife as it can easily cut your tongue, even if you’re being careful, and you should teach children this too as they’re the most likely to want to lick a knife clean.

Sharpening Knives 

Sharp knives are safer than dull, blunt knives, believe it or not, and therefore, lead to less accidents. Even professional knives will eventually need sharpening. If you’re sharpening your knife at home, you need to check that your sharpener is compatible with your knife as some professional knives have harder blades than standard ones. Don’t attempt to sharpen your knife with anything other than a proper knife sharpener and if you’re ever in doubt take your knife to a professional to sharpen it for you. This will be better for your knife and your safety.

Knives can cause a lot of injuries, but you shouldn’t be wary of using them. They are necessary tools that are used daily in homes to prepare food and can be used safely with a bit of common sense and by following some simple tips. Almost all knife injuries are preventable, you just need to remember how sharp they are and how quickly an accident can happen.

Jackie Williams is a professional freelance writer and has prior work experience in both property management and real estate. However, her most important and rewarding role is being a mom. Jackie understands and conveys the importance of prevention as indicated in her posts. She highlights simple, cheap and effective measures to safe proof your home. 

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