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Careful with that knife… No, really!

on October 7, 2013

As most of my students and colleagues know, I dropped a knife on my foot on August 19, 2013… The first teacher day back to school, in the evening at my home while making salsa… Not only did it require stitches, but I was not given antibiotics, so it became infected and set me back for about 2 weeks until my family doctor gave me a script and fixed me up…

Yes, it was a very tragic occurrence… and trust me… if I had it to do all over again, I would rewind time and never have it happen.

Not only have I missed a TON of time from work, which I am not happy about (How is it that specialty doctors are only open until 4 PM daily?), but I have also had a heck of a time finding shoes that I can wear since it is now getting colder outside… I did manage to find a pair of Crocs that can be made into a waterproof boot so that my feet will not get wet in the winter, as the other sandals I had did not cut it for the rainy weather today…

So I mention this, not only as a reminder… But to also highlight that even though you think “That will never happen to me”, it most certainly can… I am living proof of the fact… So with that being said, here are a few tips to keep you safe with knives in the kitchen…

1. Always keep your knives sharp. A sharp knife is safer than a dull knife. Dulls knives slip and cause injury… In my case, the knife was a SUPER SHARP, BRAND SPANKING NEW, Pampered Chef knife that plummeted off the counter and into my foot… Not a good thing…

2. Keep knives away from the edge of the counter where they could get knocked off… I was in the process of making salsa and put the knife on the edge of the counter on a cutting board, and I bumped the cutting board, making it and the knife fall off onto the floor. 😦

3. Do not put knives into soapy water, as you cannot see them when you are washing things, and the last thing that we want to have happen is for you, or anyone else to reach into the water and come out with a cut, or even worse, one less finger.

4. When knives are not in use, keep them in their safety collar/sleeve or in a knife block. Knives will lose their edge if they are just thrown into a drawer and we do not want people reaching into the drawer and grabbing these. (This brings back memories of being at a friends house when I was a child. Their nephew who was about 2 would open drawers and grab inside, not being able to see what was in the drawer… We almost had a huge injury, but thankfully someone saw him opening the drawer where the knives were stored, and those knives were re-located to a much more “Kid-friendly” location!

5. In the event of an emergency caused by a knife… GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM – NO OTHER PLACE!!! Make sure to get antibiotics and follow up with your doctor quickly… You do not want to get an infection and end up with bigger issues…

While my foot has finally started to heal, it has been a huge inconvenience in my life – Please, please, please – be sure that you are wearing shoes in the kitchen (even if you are not using a knife) as there are lots of things that could hurt you… hot water, ovens, etc… it is not worth it.

Just my two cents… hopefully this helps someone in the future… I don’t want to hear about any of my students, co-workers or friends ending up in the hospital over a “little knife” incident.


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