By Fort Greely Safety Office
Used with permission Fort Greely Interceptor
Here are some tricks that will help you keep from being hurt when you work with your kitchen knives and the other sharp edges around the kitchen.
Keep your knives sharp. If your knife is sharp, it will slide easily through what you are cutting, with little force involved. If the knife is dull, you have to force it to do the cutting, and if you slip a little, there is all that force that makes the knife glance off anything in its way, and often cut the heck out of it.
When you are using a knife, don’t cut with the edge toward you or your fingers. If you slip, the blade keeps going toward you, and can easily get you. Pay a lot of attention to where the edge of your sharp blade is pointing, and make sure it can not get you if you slip a bit.
Don’t leave sharp knives loose in a drawer. Not only will banging around in a drawer ruin the good sharp edge you have on your knives, someone for sure will reach in the drawer and come out with a handful of knife, and it will probably be you.
If you are working with or handling a knife, and you drop it, stand back and let it fall, don’t try to catch it. This sounds elementary, but lots of instincts say catch it, and that can really hurt.
If you have a dirty knife, don’t toss it in the dishwater. There is a good chance the dishwasher, which may be you, will come up with a handful of sharp knife edge. Banging around in the dishwater will also ruin a good edge. Wash the knives separately.
Please contact the Fort Greely Safety Office with your safety questions or concerns: 873-5031/5239.