Who would ever think that the kitchen is a dangerous place? We’re not talking about monsters under the sink or that giant dust bunny lurking in the corner, but more about the hidden dangers of sharp blades and kitchen equipment. When not used correctly, these tools can cause severe damage to you or someone else. We’ve rounded up some of the most dangerous equipment — and chances are you have a few of these in your kitchen.
One of the first steps to steering clear of hurting yourself or others with one of these tools is to learn how to use them correctly. Read the manual carefully to make sure you are using it as intended by the manufacturer. For electronic devices, make sure that when cleaning or putting your fingers near the blades that the tools are unplugged and turned off. Another tip is to work slowly and not to rush. Dinner will be on the table soon enough — and better to protect yourself and others first. Another thing to keep in mind is where you put dirty knives and blades. Don’t put them in a sink full of soapy and cloudy water. Chances are that you will cut yourself reaching down into the water. Instead, leave them on the counter in a designated area. This way, you can find them easily (without any cuts) when it is time to clean.
Keep some of these basic tips in mind to avoid injuring yourself or others in the kitchen. Check out our list of some of the most dangerous kitchen tools and equipment to stay safe and avoid ditching a digit.
Emily Jacobs is the Recipe editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyRecipes.