Kitchen Knife Safety

Keep your knives sharp. But be sure to keep them out of reach of children. Dull knives can slip while you’re cutting. Also, you’re more apt to be careful with sharp knives.

Slice away from your hand and keep your fingers clear of the blade. Slicing away from your hand prevents an accidental cut if the knife slips.

When mincing, keep the tip of your knife on the cutting board and pump the handle up and down quickly. However, because that knife is moving fast, be extra careful about your fingers.

Curl your fingers under and hold the food with your fingertips when chopping. Better to ding a knuckle than slice a fingertip!

Secure your cutting board. If it doesn’t have rubber feet to help grip the counter, put a damp towel under the board when cutting.

Never slice things freehand over the sink. That’s just an accident waiting to happen!

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