Sunday, 30 November 2014

Safety in the Kitchen

Safety in the kitchen is a topic that Occupational Therapists work with a lot. There are many different factors that can affect our safety in the home and especially the kitchen. Many of the scenarios that result in a referral for occupational therapy intervention are related to rehabilitation. In this post, I'd like to touch on an area I prefer, that of prevention.

One of the obvious times to consider safety in the home and the best time to develop the type of home that will be conducive to health is when a couple gets married. Why? This is the time that many or most couples are selecting the kinds of items they would like in their home and setting up wish lists at various stores that offer a bridal registry. 

So what does this have to do with a pot?

The answer is simple. I recently had the opportunity to work with a young mother and during discussion it transpired that safety in the kitchen is an area for concern. On starting to evaluate her kitchen, the first problem was quickly identified when taking a look at both layout, the type of pots she has and the sequence of her cooking routine. The first obvious change to make was to the type of pots. The pots she was given when she got married a year or so before all have just one handle. As a young mother, with her mind partly on her young baby and only partly on the cooking and weak wrists from the pregnancy, the one handled pots are not a very good idea. The easiest solution is plan well before you marry. When asking for pots, go for the ones with two handles.Having two handles to hold instead of just one helps to conserve your energy, to share the weight between both hands, to ensure you concentrate on the task of caring your heavy pot of cooked food. Keep in mind the contents of a pot that is cooked is usually boiling in temperature. You don't want that landing on yourself or a small child.

Are you getting married and in need of guidance to work out what items will be most needed in your new kitchen?

Are you newly married and needing assistance to improve the kitchen you are developing?

If you are in Israel, do visit my website Be A Happy Mom and be in touch if you or your child require occupational therapy intervention.

If you have any questions please post them here or be in touch.
This post is prepared for you by:
Occupational Therapist, Healing Facilitator
Certified Infant Massage Instructor
Certified Kallah Teacher
Artist and Author

1 comment:

  1. Great info! DeQuervains type tenosynovitis is very common amongst new moms. A great proactive approach is to heed your advice and rethink the kitchen!


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