When the rains start we tend to panic; thoughts of floods, destroyed homes and yes the ever present fear of diseases that cause diarrhoea and vomiting. The kitchen is a major player in heart-health and also a potential accident site. Quite too often people end up with several injuries including life-changing burns. The kitchen appears to be a popular “destination” in our homes these past few months when most people spend quality time at home.
This week I am hosting Sylvia Takyi a seasoned Dietician and an Occupational Hygienist with a strong interest in pursuing food safety issues in Ghana and across the globe. Sylvia believes that “Health and safety essentially looks at the welfare of a person or people engaged in work. We often tend to forget that the worker is not only labelled as a member of the working class but also a person who undertakes a task of any kind (e.g. cooking in the kitchen at home).
Most of us have not come to terms with staying safe and healthy in our kitchen due to the rush attached to cooking after a long day’s work or stress we go through in our quest to satisfy our hunger and also swerve nightmares such as DUMSOR (lights out)!! In as much as eating provides us with the energy that drives us through the day, and keeps us during the night, we also need to stay safe in the kitchen where our sumptuous meals come from.”
The awareness of kitchen safety is very crucial in the course of the preparation and cooking of food as well as during clean-up and daily living in our various homes. Additionally, the kitchen is an environment where accidents can occur easily if some common hazards are not recognized and addressed. Thus understanding the hazards present in the kitchen can help us avoid accidents or prevent exposing our family to various episodes of food poisoning. In as much as cooking is fun and we may also like to satisfy our hunger, let us also think about the knives, fire as well as bacteria!
Statistics show that most accidents that happen in the home are mostly in the kitchen. The young and elderly are particularly at risk. Cuts from knives and cans, injuries from slipping on wet floors and faulty appliances are frequent events that occur in the kitchen and may be very serious.
SAFETY TIPS FOR THE KITCHEN AT HOME
FOOD HYGIENE TIPS FOR THE KITCHEN
Sticking to appropriate health and safety in the kitchen can really save us a lot of money. Our health will always be our wealth so let us all try to keep our kitchens healthy and safe to improve and sustain the quality of life.
These are very useful points raised and we should make it a point to put them into practice. An important caution to adults; NEVER drink from bottles. Children will learn this terrible habit from us and may end up drinking something poisonous. It is extremely important that we avoid storing kerosene, detergents etc. in bottles that children associate with and as Sylvia pointed out keep all things out of the reach of children and KEEP CHILDREN OUT OF THE KITCHEN! IT’S NO PLAY GROUND.
AS ALWAYS LAUGH OFTEN, ENSURE HYGIENE, WALK AND PRAY EVERYDAY AND REMEMBER IT’S A PRICELESS GIFT TO KNOW YOUR NUMBERS (blood sugar, blood pressure, blood cholesterol, BMI)
Dr. Kojo Cobba Essel
Health Essentials Ltd/Mobissel/St. Andrews Clinic
*Dr. Essel is a Medical Doctor, holds an MBA and is ISSA certified in exercise therapy, fitness nutrition and corrective exercise.
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Article written by; Sylvia Takyi a Dietician/Occupational Hygienist