Your kitchen is probably one of your favorite rooms in your home. It’s where you make delicious family meals, spend time baking with loved ones, try fun new recipes, and use innovative gadgets.
However, there are also some serious dangers lurking around the kitchen that many people don’t think about on a daily basis. However, these hazards can turn your beloved kitchen into a nightmare if you’re not careful.
What are the hidden dangers lurking in the kitchen?
For the most part, your kitchen is a safe place to hang out, cook your favorite foods, and have fun putting together new recipes. But, you may have no idea how common kitchen-related accidents are 100,000 injuries every year. Some dangers in the kitchen are even more subtle, affecting your family’s health on a large scale. There are four most important hidden dangers to watch out for:
Processed foods are not necessarily a hidden danger as most people are aware of the negative health effects they have on our bodies. Your favorite sugary drinks, candy and salty snacks probably fall into that category unhealthy processed foods.
But, some processed foods can be a bit off more cunning than the others, contains very high levels of salt and sugar. The bad news is that you may often eat these foods without thinking too much about them.
Cereals, for example, tend to be loaded with sugar, but we eat them most days for breakfast. Protein bars and granola bars sometimes also make up for their high sugar content with lots of healthy claims, such as being full of whole grains, vitamins, and nutrients.
We all love our kitchen tools, big or small. From high-tech fridges to tiny electric can openers, kitchen tools and gadgets make cooking a meal for your family a little easier – and more fun. However, several appliances are linked to the high number of kitchen accidents each year. Unfortunately, we usually never hear about them.
Fast cookers, such as rice cookers and pressure cookers, can be very dangerous. They cook food under extreme pressure to cook it faster. However, if the appliance has a design flaw that doesn’t hold the pressure cap in place or creates too much pressure, your hob can explode, damaging anything – and anyone – in the way.
Read more here about the Tristar Power Pressure Cooker XL explosion which makes the user seriously injured.
(Ridiculous Food in the Cupboard)
If food looks and smells okay, we tend to store it in our cupboards. However, an open bag of chips or crackers can be dangerous, even if they appear undamaged. The problem is on oils in foods that can go rancid.
The most significant health risk with eating foods whose oils have gone rancid is that the oils can be toxic. The toxicity of the oil has been linked to everything from heart disease to cancer.
At least twice a year, people should check the security of their home or apartment. Some things that should always be on your checklist are making sure the fire alarm is working, making sure the electrical outlet is not overloaded, and checking the expiration date of your fire extinguisher.
Even though many people buy fire extinguishers for their kitchen, they often forget to check the expiration date regularly. If it expires, it will not fight the fire effectively. You should aim to check the expiration of your fire extinguisher when daylight savings begins and ends, just like your fire alarm. Make sure everyone – including children – in the household knows how to use it properly.