Keep a fire extinguisher in your kitchen and learn how to use it. Nothing will upset your timetable more than an unexpected grease fire. Keep a first aid kit around, too, and make sure it's stocked with bandages and burn ointment.
Wear insulated mitts when using the oven, and keep towels, aprons and dangling sleeves away from stovetop burners. According to a 2008 survey conducted by The Home Safety Council, 20 percent of respondents suffered a burn in the kitchen sometime during the previous year, so keep the cook and everyone else in your house safe by being prepared for kitchen mishaps [source: Home Safety Council].