We use our hands so frequently that we rarely stop to consider how much they are exposed.
With hand injuries being a common cause for emergency room visits, Jewish Hospital Hand Care Center offers some helpful tips to keep injuries at bay.
- Use warm water and soap to keep hands clean.
- Carefully and routinely clean your fingernails. Clip your fingernails regularly and file any rough edges. Never bite or chew your fingernails.
- Wear protective gloves when cleaning with harmful chemicals.
- Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen. Do not put water on a grease fire. Leave the flaming pan in place and put out the fire with an extinguisher.
- If a burn occurs, immediately place the injured area in cold water, then contact a doctor.
- Stay alert when using knives in the kitchen. Always cut away from hands.
- Trash cans and bags can lead to serious injury – your hands will inevitably find the dirty, sharp object your eye could not see.
- Be aware of what dishes have been placed in a dishwater; the blade of a sharp knife may lead to a cut.
- Refrain from slamming doors shut to prevent crushed fingers or hands.