PHILADELPHIA, PA, September 05, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Optimum Blender
, a world-class blender manufacturer, understands that safety is first in the kitchen. According to a recent article
on the Quad-City Times, blenders are responsible for more than 7,350 kitchen injuries in 2011. This high accident rate reflects the growing trend in the juicing and smoothie craze; in 2001, for example, there were only 2,300 injuries involving cut fingers and emergency room visits.
"A high speed blender can make life easy in the kitchen when it comes to preparing delicious smoothies, healthy meals, and even ice-cream," Optimum Blender says. "But to ensure these tasks don't end in tears, proper kitchen safety habits are a must. This is especially important not just for you, but for the whole family as well. Lead by example to make sure younger generations learn to follow safety rules."
The article recommends several steps often outlined in a blender's safety guidelines. Most consumers, however, do not realize an accident is about to happen until it is too late. An obvious guideline to follow is to never insert a finger or hand in a blender when it is plugged in. As opposed to food processors, most residential blenders do not have safety interlocks. It is also important not to use utensils like spatulas to scrape the smoothie down when it is turned on.
Smoothie and juice enthusiasts should take care when cleaning blenders as well. The article recommends blender owners should add a soapy mix of water into the blender and run it clean. Then, with the blender unplugged, remove the apparatus and rinse it out in a sink. Also while cleaning, it is important to use utensils like forks, spatulas, and scrapers to dislodge particles of fruits and vegetables from blade guards and blades only when it is off and unplugged.
"Steps such as not putting anything in a blender except for food and tampering with the lid are easily avoided by unplugging the blender, an easy way to save a finger," Optimum Blender says. "Unplugging a blender takes no time at all and helps your blender stay in good condition."
When it comes to electrical shock, the article on Quad-City Times recommends that users should never submerge power cords in water and keep them dry. Simply stated, unplug a blender when it is not blending. This is especially crucial when it comes to the safety of young children who are perhaps interested in blending up a toy. Also, young children could trip over a blender or any other kitchen appliance's power cord, and suffer an easily avoidable injury.
Blenders are often used for making juices, a once-a-day process for many individuals seeking weight loss assistance. The desire to consume high levels of combined minerals, vitamins, and enzymes from blended fruits and vegetables does not eliminate the need to follow safety guidelines while making tasty concoctions.
"Keep yourself and your family safe and healthy by developing and teaching your children positive blending habits," Optimum Blender says.
Optimum Blender, an Australian-based commercial and residential blender manufacturer, believes that safety should come first. For health and safety reasons, the company asks smoothie enthusiasts to practice and teach safe kitchen protocol in order to stay healthy. This includes unplugging not-in-use blenders and properly cleaning kitchen appliances.