Baking can be delightful. You get to enjoy the process of creation and make delicious treats for not just yourself but also your loved ones. Unfortunately, baking can also be dangerous because of things like sharp knives, open flames, and hot ovens. Especially for seniors, who may be less agile than they used to be or have vision and hearing impairments, taking some extra safety precautions while baking is a good idea.
Here are some tips to help you bake safely.
Bake in a Well-Lit Kitchen
As a senior, your vision isn’t what it used to be so poor lighting is a bad idea.
You may not see spills on the floor and this can lead to dangerous falls. Sufficient lighting will also help you better gauge the readiness of your baked goods. Undercooked food can pose a health risk, so it’s important to be able to see what you’re baking in the kitchen.
To make sure the kitchen is well lit, consider having all burnt-out light bulbs replaced. You could also install additional lighting if needed. Task lighting over the stove and countertops can be particularly helpful.
Consider Getting Supervision
If you’re worried about baking solo, ask a family member or friend to help you out or at least stay in the kitchen with you while you’re baking. If you’re in a memory care facility, ask a staff member.
This can provide some peace of mind and also be enjoyable as it gives you someone to chat with while you bake.
When asking, give ample notice so the person you’re asking has time to clear their schedule. And, be sure to ask someone who you know is patient and will be able to provide helpful assistance if needed.
You shouldn’t wear just anything to bake. While you don’t have to go shopping for all new baking-inspired clothes, some outfits are more appropriate than others. Loose, flowing clothing can easily catch fire if it comes into contact with a stovetop flame or an oven burner. It can also get caught on handles or other protruding objects, which can lead to injuries.
Instead, opt for close-fitting clothing that is made from natural fibers like cotton. If you must wear loose clothing, be sure to tuck it in or tie it back so it doesn’t present a hazard.
And for footwear, choose closed-toe shoes that have a good grip. This will minimize your risk of falling, which is always a concern in the kitchen.
Furthermore, avoid wearing loose jewelry while baking. Rings, bracelets, and necklaces can also get caught on handles or other objects, which can lead to injuries. If you must wear jewelry, be sure it is tight-fitting and not likely to catch on anything.
Following these safety tips will help you have a safer and more enjoyable baking experience. So be sure to take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and those around you while you bake.