Surprising Hazards in the Kitchen

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Surprising Hazards in the Kitchen

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Many hazards in the kitchen are obvious. But there are surprising things lurking you should know.

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Injuries from cutting these three foods result in lots of ER visits because people hold them palm up. Always cut away from yourself.

Hazard #1: Avocados, Mangoes, and Bagels

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Mandolines make perfectly thin slices for ratatouille or dried apples.  But if you want to keep your fingertips, use a food holder or cut-resistant gloves.

Hazard #2: Mandolines

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Hand-held blenders also get special mention. If you’re pureeing soup and food gets stuck, please unplug the blender before sticking a finger into it!

Hazard #3: Hand-Held Blenders

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Keep chili oil off your hands by wearing kitchen gloves. If you rub oil in your eye, doctors say to wash with a sterile solution. Not milk!

Hazard #4: Chili Peppers

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That's a big word.  If you get lime juice on your skin and then go out in  the sun, it can make you more likely to sunburn. Who knew!

Hazard #5: Phytophotodermatitis

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You know that raw eggs are risky. But did you know that E. coli outbreaks have been linked to flour? Heat-treating isn’t enough - save snacking for later!

Hazard #6: Raw Flour

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The FDA also warns against the common practice of washing raw chicken. It just spreads bacteria around and makes you more at risk.

Hazard #7: Washing Raw Chicken

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A classic infectious disease board question is about rice, spore-forming bacteria, and food poisoning. Rice should be cooled quickly and reheated only once.

Hazard #8: Reheated Rice

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The EPA recommends using cold tap water for drinking and cooking. Hot water can leach lead and other chemicals from your pipes and hot water heater.

Hazard #9: Hot Tap Water

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Beets aren't a hazard, but they should still come with a warning: "Eating beets can cause red urine or BMs." Before you go to the ER, think, "Did I eat beets?"

Hazard #10: Beets

Surprising Hazards in the Kitchen

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