Cooking The Most Important Kitchen Safety Tips  

Jessica Lawshe
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Mastering the art of cooking is dangerous. It's not just mastering a recipe, but knowing how to do so safely. Take the danger out of the kitchen by checking out this helpful list of the most important kitchen safety tips. 

Knowing how to be safe in the kitchen isn't just for moms, it's for all chefs - master or sous. That's why you'll want to review these cooking safety tips. For example: have you been using a bread knife to cut your apples? Ignoring cooking temperatures? Or maybe using the same cutting board for your chicken and your bell peppers? Those are all big kitchen no-no's. 

Staying safe while cooking is knowing when to kick the kids out of the kitchen, and when to give them small tasks they can handle, like setting the table or measuring flour. It's also knowing to reach for the baking soda, salt, or fire extinguisher when there's a grease fire. Kitchen safety starts with you and learning all the kitchen safety tips starts here.

So before you master the art of cooking, make sure you master the art of kitchen safety by reviewing the most important kitchen safety tips. Vote up the tips that make you feel like a truly safe chef!
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Keep the Door Closed on Oven Fires


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If a fire starts in the oven or microwave, don't panic. Just keep the door closed and turn off the oven or microwave. Opening the door will just give the flames more access to oxygen, which simply fuels a fire. Keep the door closed and the lack of oxygen will suffocate the flames. 

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Use Baking Soda or Salt to Extinguish Grease Fires


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According to Lifehacker, "Baking soda puts out fires by releasing carbon dioxide and smothering the fire." But it turns out salt works just as well - whichever you have handy.
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Don't Try to Catch a Falling Knife


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Okay, this seems kind of obvious, but it's instinctual to try to catch something that's falling. Instead, Food-Safety-Sanitation advises to get out of the way.
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Don't Take Food Out of the Oven with Wet Oven Mitts


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Wet oven mitts can cause scalding because water allows the insulated fabric of the mitt to conduct dangerous levels of heat. Smart Kitchen suggests using silicone mitts.

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