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Health Tip: Using Kitchen Knives

Pay attention to help avoid injury

(HealthDay News) -- While you're tackling many tasks at once in the kitchen, a slip of a knife can lead to serious and permanent injury.

The National Food Service Management Institute recommends:

  • Avoiding any distractions and focusing solely on cutting food.
  • Making sure blades are kept sharp.
  • Choosing a knife that's an appropriate size for the job, and avoiding a kitchen knife for any reason other than cutting food.
  • Avoiding holding food in your hand as you cut.
  • Holding the knife only on top of the blade.
  • Keeping knives away from the edge of a countertop or table.
  • Promptly washing knives, drying them and storing them in a knife drawer or rack.
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