CareNow® - September 03, 2020

Of all the rooms in our homes, the kitchen is possibly the most commonly occupied.

Whether you’re prepping dinner for the family or throwing together a snack for yourself, it’s important that you take proper precautions.

From hot surfaces to sharp knives, the kitchen is full of hazards that can send you to an urgent care clinic.

Add in children running around requesting a snack and you’ve got pure chaos. Here’s a list of common kitchen accidents that can happen while you’re cooking and how you can prevent them.

What to Do If You Get a Burn in the Kitchen

Because there is regularly boiling water and grease popping in the kitchen, burns can easily occur.

One of the best way to avoid getting burned is to keep a low flame or heat source any time you’re cooking, stay away from hot liquids and utilize splatter screens whenever possible.

If you happen to get burned, it’s usually best place the burn under cool tap water for at least 15 seconds to help relieve pain.

Should you notice any open blisters or wounds, it’s a good idea to cover the area with a clean dry cloth. You should also seek medical care as soon as you’re able. 

When a burn comes from a sticky substance or hot grease, it tends to be more painful since they may stick to the skin.

If you are unsure how severe the burn is, or if you notice a wound or blister, it’s important that you avoid putting any ointment on the area before you see a doctor. He or she will need a clear view of the burn.

You should never put place ice or butter on the affected area since they can actually damage the skin tissue more.

What to Do If You Cut Yourself in the Kitchen

Because you use your hands so often in the kitchen, they are highly susceptible to getting cut. How you treat your cut depends on the area of your hand that’s been cut.

If you cut the tips of your fingers or the tops of your knuckles, the injury is less likely to be severe; however, a deep cut on the palms and fingers can have a serious long-term impact. Once you’ve cut your hand, the first thing you should do is examine how deep the cut is.

For cuts that aren’t deep or located on a sensitive area of the hand (i.e. tops of your knuckles), you should be able to simply wash the cut using an antibacterial cleanser, mild soap and warm water.

Be sure to follow that up with an antibacterial ointment like Neosporin and cover the cut with a clean bandage that will keep germs out of the wound. If your cut is deep and won’t stop bleeding, be sure to apply pressure to the wound using a material like gauze.

When you’re able, you should seek medical attention to have the wound properly assessed.

What to Do If You Injure Your Eye in the Kitchen

Although rarer than a burn or cut, eye injuries can also happen while you’re in the kitchen—especially if you’re cooking with spicy ingredients like peppers. Any time you’re cooking with peppers, you are exposed to an oil called capsaicin. If you touch your eye after you’ve touched this oil, it can cause severe irritation and infection.

If you’ve irritated your eye while in the kitchen, the best thing to do is flush it with water. In some cases, a visit to an urgent care facility or emergency room may be needed to ensure there’s no infection present.

If you require medical attention, it’s usually a good idea to have someone drive you since your vision will likely be impaired.

What to Do if You Fall in the Kitchen

Because things can easily get hectic in the kitchen, you can be at risk of falling. Perhaps you fell off a stepstool when trying to grab something off the top shelf. Or maybe water from the kitchen sink ended up on the floor, causing you to slip and fall.

Whatever the cause, there are certain reasons why you may need to visit an urgent care clinic or emergency room after a fall. If you hit your head during your fall and lost consciousness, it’s important that you seek medical attention as soon as possible.

If you’re unable to bear weight or notice extreme swelling on the area where you fell, a doctor may need to check it out. The worst thing you can do after a fall is let the injury sit for a day or two before seeing a doctor.

Always seek medical attention right away to avoid a problem that could’ve been treated.

How to Prevent Injuries in the Kitchen 

The best way to keep yourself safe when cooking is to stay attentive and aware of your surroundings. It is easy to slip and fall if water has been spilled on the ground. Burns, cuts and eye injuries are also way more common than they need to be.

Clean up after yourself as much as possible to avoid spills and always put away knives when you’re done using them. Always use safety equipment and handle knives and other sharp objects with caution.

To keep your eyes protected while in the kitchen, safety glasses and gloves can be used any time you’re cooking with spicy foods or peppers.

If you’ve injured yourself while cooking or preparing food in the kitchen and believe you need medical attention, consider visiting your local CareNow® urgent care clinic.

CareNow® Urgent Care Can Help

Because injuries are rarely convenient, CareNow® clinics are open after hours and on the weekend—when your general physician is typically closed. We also have more than 100 locations throughout the United States, so you can receive the care you need when and where you need it.

Be sure to take advantage of the Web Check-In® feature before your visit so you can avoid sitting in the waiting room.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.