Knife, blender safety tips

April 10, 1991

Here are some tips to keep you safe in the kitchen.

* Cut away from your fingers, not toward them, and direct knives downward, toward the cutting board or other surface. Hold knives firmly and don't cut too fast.

* Keep knives sharp; dull blades can slip off objects you're cutting, such as onions or tomatoes, and cut your hand.

* Store knives in a designated drawer and make sure the entire family knows that's where they go. A knife in another drawer or at the bottom of the sink or dishwasher can cut someone who doesn't expect it to be there.

* Keep hands away from the blades of operating appliances at all times.

* Make sure all parts of a blender or mixer are connected tightly before operating.

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