Not many people are aware of the fact that the number one cause of knife related accidents in the kitchen is a dull blade, and not a sharp knife. There are a lot of misconceptions as to how it’s dangerous to keep your knives sharpened to perfection since the sharper they are , the more prone to cuts and injuries you become, but that is obviously not true. There is a lot of research that shows indubitably that a dull blade is vastly more dangerous that a razor sharp edge, because a sharp blade goes where it’s supposed to go, while a dull blade significantly increases the risk of mishandling and slipping where you don’t want it.
Keeping your knives sharpened is not an easy task, but there is plenty of information online that allows you to become an expert overnight. Whether you want to sharpen your knifes the traditional way or to use more modern equipment, there are enough information and products out there for everybody. If you are more comfortable and prefer the quickest and safest route, you can opt for electric knife sharpeners (like the top 10 list reviewed here) or manual knife sharpeners (and here is another top 10 manual knife sharpener list).
However, should you cut yourself in the kitchen with a blade, these are the first aid tips that you need to be aware of :
- If the cut is not too deep, wash the would with plenty of water, then use a first aid kit to disinfect and bandage the cut. Within a couple of days to wound should start to heal and the cut closes itself.
-If the cut is too deep, your probably need stitches to saw it back together. In this situation, the best advice is to go to a medical professional, a nurse or a doctor, and try to get medical assistance. A visit to the hospital in not out of the question. After a few days, check to make sure that the wound is not infected and change your bandages as frequently as possible.
Like with all medical injuries, the best way to treat knife accidents is to prevent them. In that regard, do not forget to sharpen your knives regularly and take all the safety precautions necessary when handling them.