It is safe to say that the kitchen is one of the busiest rooms of the house where great memories are made. However, the kitchen can also be the scene of various accidents. Luckily, there are things you can do when things go wrong.
What to do when you cut yourself in the kitchen?
The first step is determining how deep it is. If it appears that it is not too deep, you should be able to treat it yourself. Start by washing it with antibacterial cleanser followed by soap and water. An antibacterial ointment should be used to avoid infection. Finish it off with a clean, non-stick bandage.
If the cut is more severe or will not stop bleeding, you should apply pressure and head to the closest urgent care center. You may need stitches or other closure devices.
What to do if you get a burn?
Burns and cuts make up most of the injuries that take place in the kitchen. Most burns are a result of grease or boiling water. You can minimize your chances of a burn by using a splatter screen, standing as far back as possible, or keeping the flames low.
Accidents happen though, so if you get burned run the area under cool tap water for a minimum of 15 seconds. If you notice wounds, cover them with a clean, dry cloth and see your health care provider immediately.
What to do if you get something in your eye?
Kitchens often hold irritants to the eyes. For example, oils found in chili powder can be transferred to your eye by the swipe of a hand, or cooking vapors and stream can cause discomfort.
If your eye does become irritated, start by flushing it thoroughly with cool water. If that does not help seek medical attention.
Spending time in the kitchen can be a great, but it’s important to remain attentive to your surroundings. If you are new to cooking, try a cooking class. It is a great way to learn how to handle certain situations in the kitchen. Also, remember to clean up after yourself to avoid unnecessary spills and injuries. If you have been injured in the kitchen and think you need the professionals, consider visiting one of our convenient urgent care centers.
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