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5 kitchen habits you need to get rid of right now

5 kitchen habits you need to get rid of right now Illustrative photo (Photo: Freepik)
Author: Daria Shekina

The kitchen is a space where we spend a lot of time. Some of our habits can be dangerous and lead to fires. About which actions in the kitchen we need to forget forever, reports Eating Well.

Habits to get rid of in the kitchen

You don't keep an eye on the working stove or oven.

If something is cooking on the stove or baking in the oven, you might forget about it while being in another room.

Remember, unattended cooking today is the leading cause of home fires and deaths. Never fall asleep knowing that something is cooking in the kitchen.

You leave flammable or combustible items near an open flame.

Never place a potholder near an open flame or stove. Items left near the stove rank second in causes of fires during food preparation and fourth in terms of the number of deaths and injuries due to fires during food preparation.

It's best to keep these items at a distance, and immediately discard parchment or foil after using it for cooking.

Keep everything that can burn, such as kitchen towels, pot holders, food packaging, and paper towels, at a distance of at least one meter from the stove and kitchen appliances.

You think your electric stove won't cause a fire.

If you think an electric stove is safer than a gas stove, you're mistaken.

Stoves or cooktops account for 53% of registered kitchen fires, 88% of deaths from cooking fires, and 74% of cooking-related injuries.

Households with electric stoves had a higher risk of fire during cooking and associated losses than households with gas stoves. Leaving flammable items around these burners is not recommended, even if everything seems fine.

Pot handles face you while you cook.

If pot handles are facing you, the likelihood of tipping increases significantly. It's best to turn the pot handles away from you. Keep the lid handy while cooking. If a small fire starts, cover it with a lid and turn off the burner.

Don't leave children unattended in the kitchen.

Don't let young children and pets into the kitchen while you're cooking.

Create a child and pet-free zone, at least one meter in size, around the food preparation area.

Also, read about the five dirtiest things in the kitchen that everyone forgets to clean.

Previously, we reported on five household sounds that should never be ignored.