Did you know that the fifth most-common finger cut can happen while you split a bagel? It’s got a name too: BRI, or bagel-related injury. Sometimes avoiding these kitchen problems is easier said than done, so here are a few tips to help you navigate your kitchen more safely.
1. Safely Split a Bagel
Lay it flat on a work surface while pressing down with one hand to keep it steady with your fingers splayed upward and out of harm’s reach. Hold a sharp serrated bread knife in your other hand and slice the bagel horizontally, keeping the knife parallel to the work surface.
2. Wipe Up Spills Immediately
Always keep dishrags handy while you’re cooking in the kitchen and toss one over a spill you might not have time for at the moment as a visual reminder — and clean it up as soon as you have time.
3. Watch Sharp Objects
Keep items with sharp, pointy ends in dishwasher utensil bins or on the countertop — in plain sight — until they’re ready to be washed.
4. Stabilize Your Cutting Board
A wobbly cutting board can be dangerous when working with a knife. Put a damp paper towel or dishrag under your board to hold it steady.
5. Avoid Chile Pepper Pain
Chopping and handling chile peppers can result in their natural oils burning your fingers. If you don’t have rubber gloves handy, coat your hands with vegetable oil before working with them. Immediately wash your hands afterward. If you feel the sting coming on, dip your hands in a dairy product or rinse them with lemon juice.