Kitchen Safety Tips
- Water, grease, and food scraps often fall on the floor. They are slippery and can cause an accident. If you spill something on the floor, clean it up immediately.
- Be aware of your surrounding in the kitchen and pay close attention to hot stoves, ovens and electrical appliances. Don’t be distracted.
- Keep things that can burn, such as dish towels and plastics, away from the range top.
- Keep knives sharp so they cut with little force. Dull knives require greater force. If you slip, you are at a greater danger of hurting yourself.
- When you are working with a knife and wish to lay it down, lay it on the cutting board with the sharp edge flat, facing away from everyone. This way the knife is easy to see and people are less likely to cut themselves while reaching for other items.
- For sanitation and general safety, keep your work station and the kitchen area clean and uncluttered. Wash and put away items in their rightful places as soon as you are finished with them.
- Routinely clean and wash all kitchen instruments, counters, vents and the floor. Do not allow grease to build up.
- Wear a mask, gloves and a head covering while preparing food.
- Dispose of garbage promptly. At the monastery, we recycle and separate food waste for compost.