Know Your Basic Kitchen First Aid If You're New To Cooking
Being prepared for accidents is a sign of a well-stocked kitchen, too.
Accidents can happen to anyone at any time. The kitchen is full of dangerous items (flames, searing hot gadgets, and sharp tools) that can result in an accident when handled incorrectly or accidentally dropped. Even the most safety-conscious person can have an accident!
That's why being prepared for any mishap that can happen is a sign of a well-stocked kitchen, too.
The first step towards a more safe kitchen is having the items needed to address an accident ready. Be prepared with these basic first aid items in your kitchen, so you can get the help you need on the spot in case of an accident.
Here's your Kitchen First Aid Box checklist:
- 1. Gauze (different sizes)
- 2. Band-aids (different sizes)
- 3. Skin tape or medical tape
- 4. Burn ointment
- 5. Alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, or any antiseptic solution
- 6. Cotton balls
- 7. Antibiotic ointment
- 8. Bandage scissors
- 9. Antihistamine medicine
This list can include even more medical equipment (gloves, closure strips, hot/cold packs, burn dressings, etc), but if you have these items stashed in a box or cupboard, you can already address the most common if not all kitchen accidents with basic first aid.
For minor kitchen accidents, here are first aid tips that you can use and administer without going to the hospital:
While you may see a lot of medical items in a regular first aid kit, what you may not see or what is not commonly found in the basic first aid kits are the antihistamine medicine. Antihistamines, also known as anti-allergy medicine, is an important part of a kitchen first aid kit. That's because food allergies are serious. While these can range from mild reactions to food such as a rash, it can also lead to more severe reactions that could endanger someone's life. This precaution can help that person from a more severe reaction.
It should be noted that anti-allergy medicine should only be used for the mild treatment of food-related reactions. Anything more severe, such as a major allergic reaction or major burns and cuts, should be rushed to the hospital for professional treatment.
Minor Cuts and Scratches
Probably the most common accidents are made with sharp objects which result in cuts and scratches. If you do cut or scratch yourself while in the kitchen, here's what you should do:
- 1. Stop the bleeding immediately. You can use a kitchen towel or your hand by apply pressure and squeezing the wound shut and holding it closed for about 5 seconds.
- 2. Rinse the wound thoroughly under running water to rinse off any food particles that may be on your cut.
- 3. Dab some antibiotic ointment on the wound.
- 4. Cover it with a band-aid or gauze and skin tape.
If there is a wound that is bigger or deeper than a superficial cut, it's advised that you apply pressure and go to the hospital for medical treatment.
Burns are deceptive. Even the smallest burn can be super painful! That's why when it comes to burns, reacting quickly to prevent it from blistering is a good idea. Here's what to do if you burn yourself:
- 1. Place the burned skin under cool running water or look through your medical kit for the cold compress and apply it directly onto the burned skin. This should immediately cool the area as well as ease the pain.
- 2. If the burned area develops a blister or two, do not pop these.
- 3. Apply burn ointment and wrap in gauze.
- 4. If the burn develops blisters that cover a big part of the burned area, consider going to the hospital for medical treatment.
Kitchen accidents are common and can happen at any time. Being mindful of yourself and your equipment is always good practice but making sure that you are prepared for any mishaps is good practice, too.