FAO cook in the kitchen

Food is one of life’s simplest pleasures, and when you talk about food, you automatically talk about cooking.

Some of us love to cook, some of us don’t even know how to make an omelette, but regardless of the level of knowledge you have in the kitchen, it’s essential to at least know how to take care of yourself when preparing a dish.

This March we are talking about safety in the kitchen, so whether you consider yourself to be a beginner or a top chef, we have put together a few lists of the most important things to take into consideration when working with fire and sharp knives.

Keep in mind:
  1. 1. Wash your hands thoroughly before handling food, go up to your forearm if need be and when dealing with items that have the potential to cross-contaminate, use nitrile gloves. The rapid spread of the Coronavirus has taught us that we can never be too careful! 
  3. 2. Keep your hair tied back and loose clothing out of the way when cooking with pots and pans, as they are likely more to catch fire if they move independently from your body!
  5. 3. Keep sharp objects such as knives, scissors and others potential harmful tools away from children’s reach and make sure you take extra care around them!
  7. 4. Keep hot pots and pans away from you as to not accidentally bump into them, especially if you’ve got kids around – you can never be too careful when cooking with fire.
  9. 5. If a fire breaks out whilst you’re cooking, make sure the first thing you do is to turn the heat off and do not attempt to remove the hot item – it can give you burns if handled incorrectly. The next thing to do is close the doors! The lack of oxygen will suffocate the flames so the fire can be contained.
  11. 6. If you try to use a fire extinguisher, make sure it is made to be used on flammable liquids such as grease and cooking oil. Before you attempt to use a fire extinguisher, we recommend you get training in fire safety, especially if cooking is something you do often. We offer a half-day fire marshal training for people that would like to be prepared in case of any fire incidents and how to tackle them. The fires that happen around cooking oil, fats and grease are classed as CLASS F fires, and the best type of fire extinguishers to be used in this situation would be wet chemical fire extinguishers.
We always recommend the fire marshal training, as it teaches you things such as the type of fires you can attempt to tackle and which ones you’re better off leaving alone for your own safety, and overall how to care for yourself and others.

Alternatively, any kitchen would benefit from having a fire blanket.

The importance of being able to handle situations such as these in a way that will help contain and put off the fire rather than help it spread is vital and can save lives, yours included.

One can never be too safe when cooking with fire and sharp objects!