Home is where the heart is. But, unfortunately, we spend so much time at home that it is where most accidents happen. At least three times a day, the kitchen becomes the hub of activity, so it’s not surprising that about 350,000 people are injured by kitchen knives each year.
Lifestyle changes have led to an increase in cutting injuries. For example, a recent study found that increased avocado consumption in the United States led to increased avocado-cutting injuries. In addition, with more significant time spent at home, the number of cutting incidents has also increased. Here are a few ways to reduce the risk of knife injuries at home:
- Make sure your knives are sharp. The easier knives are to use, the less force you need. Dull knives coupled with intense grips can easily lead to slip-ups.
- Pick up a knife by the handle.
- Do not cut items while holding them in your hand.
- Cut away from your body.
- Use a cutting board on a stable surface.
- Do not try to catch a falling knife.
Remember, a steak knife is sharp enough to cut meat, so handle it carefully. Give all knives the respect they deserve. Concentrate on cutting, not television or a lively conversation. Knives are efficient and helpful tools that make life easier in careful hands.