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Safety First : Check Before And Clean After Cooking

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Safety means to be free of risk or danger in your working environment. Individuals who engage in cooking activities make the excellent cook, not just with the tasty dishes they turn out, but additionally their level of home keeping ability. A primary reason people slip, trip and fall in the kitchen is their poor housekeeping ability. They include wet spots, grease, or polished floor, loose flooring or carpeting, uneven walking surface, clutter, electrical cords, etc. To enhance a safe working or cooking environment, keep the walkways and staircase clear of scrap and debris, ruts, holes, and obstructions. Remember always to lean up spills of oil, grease, or other liquid immediately.


If cleaning couldn’t be effected instantly, be sure to have it covered with absorbent material until proper cleaning is done. Coil up cords, extension cords, line, hoses, when not in use. Ensure appropriate and adequate lighting outside and inside the kitchen. Ensure there’s no gas leakage and if there be found any leakage, fix it immediately. With gas leakage, distant ignition is possible as well as inhalation. This affects the nervous system and might lead to asphyxiation. In case of fire, shut off supply, but if not possible and no risk to surrounding, allow it burn out. Oil temperature must be at recommended temperature and fryers must be filled to the correct level, as indicated in the operator’s manual.


There’s a danger of possible burn in case of oil splattering, and so, ensure no water present in the food. Check the temperature before picking up a pot or kettle from the stove and keep flammable materials away from high temperatures and open flame. Remember to switch off fryers, oven, grills before cleaning commences. Even a small fire can become dangerous and out of control. In case of fire outbreak, don’t try to use water to put out the fire. Broken glasses must be disposed instantly to prevent injury. Chipped glasses may cause cut and infectious diseases. Never forget all the necessary safety tips you’ve learned so far. Clean oil spills and grease on the floor, make the runway free and observe a cautious handling of electric equipment, hot oil as well as warm water. Keep the fire extinguisher near and dispose of broken glasses.

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Chad Barney
My name is Chad Barney, people call me Chad. I have been cooking in family-owned and operated restaurants since I was 8 years old. I grew up in California, Los Angeles, and have lived in New York City since 2009. I learned original Thai recipes from my mother, aunts and other relative working in our family kitchens. As a personal chef I focus on healthy cooking less oil, less sugar or no sugar at all but use the sweetness for vegetables and natural sweetener such as palm sugar.

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