A food slicer can make working in the kitchen so much easier. From meats and
cheeses to vegetables and breads, you can have perfectly cut, even slices of food in
just a matter of seconds. Despite the obvious help they bring though, food slicers also come with some hazards. They’re are extremely sharp and can be dangerous to use if the proper precautions aren’t taken. If you plan to use one, learn these quick tips to ensure your safety:
- Always use any guards or grips included with your food slicer. These are designed to keep your fingers and hands safe from the blade, not to inconvenience you.
- Ensure you use pieces of meat, cheese, vegetables, etc., that are small enough to cut with the guard in place. If they aren’t, cut it into smaller pieces before using the slicer. Always use the guard.
- Never touch the blade itself, even when the machine is turned off.
- Wear cut-resistant, slip-proof gloves any time you use or clean the slicer.
- Always turn off, unplug and return the blade to zero when it is not in use.
- Focus. Don’t let others around you distract you or pull your gaze away; these things can be very dangerous. It requires your full and immediate attention.
- Most food slicers will come with a safety switch or knob; do not tamper with these. They are there to ensure your health and safety.
- Keep children away from the machine at all times.
- Take sure anyone who will be using the slicer receives proper training. Anyone not advised on the safety precautions should not be allowed to use the it, period.
- Post warning signs and safety instructions on or near the slicer.
- Ensure your slicer is placed on a sturdy, non-slip surface. If the slicer moves while in use, it could cut or seriously injure the operator’s hands or fingers.
- Store in a closed-off area or on a high, out-of-reach shelf when not in use.
A food slicer can make your kitchen life easier. In just a matter of minutes, it lets you
have perfectly cut sandwich meats and cheeses, homemade potato chips, and tasty veggie slices at your fingertips and ready to eat. But with this ease also comes potential hazards. Ensure you have the safest experience by learning and taking the proper safety precautions every time you use it.