Your kitchen knives are an important tool, and should be kept sharp. Sharp knives
by there nature are not safe and should be kept securely from any accidental falls.
Do not put sharp knives randomly in a drawer as when you grab for one another one
could cut you.
When you place a knife down make sure its handle is not hanging over a counter or
table edge and have the point facing away from the edge.
Always cut or slice away from your body not towards your body.
When slicing you use one hand to hold the item and use the other one to slice it.
Bend your fingertips to the inside of the hand and use your knuckles as a guide for
Never go above the knuckles with the edge of you knife and never put your fingertips
Watch where your thumb is, it should be bent inwards, so it does not stick out in
front of your knuckles.
Use a cutting board not a counter top.
Secure the cutting board by using a rubber mat or damp towel under it.
Never hold an item in your hand to cut it. For example buns and fruit.
When moving around the kitchen or handing someone a knife, the knife point should
always be pointed towards the floor, with the hand gripping the handle.
If a knife is falling, jump away from it and let it fall. Make sure you are far away
from it. The knife may bounce after hitting the floor. Trying to catch a knife that
slips or falls is a reflex most people have developed, as you usually don’t want
things to fall and hit the floor. In the kitchen this can be a very dangerous reflex
especially with knifes. No knife is worth your fingers, let the knife fall to the
Holding a knife
Hold the knife by the blade using your thumb and forefinger to support the blade.
This will give you good control over
the knifes blade and provides needed stability as compared to the full handle grab.
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Cooking and kitchens are not the safest places. They contain sharp knives, fire,
water and electricity each of which can be a danger on its own. It is fairly easy
to be safe in a kitchen, but you must always be aware of your surroundings and don’t
leave burners running without being there to watch it.