In light of the aftermath of Sandy, Grub Street decided to postpone its annual Halloween tradition of sharing horror stories from the kitchen. The gruesome tales were published this week instead, and they’re worth a read—especially if you’ve every considered a career in the kitchen, since they are really cautionary tales for culinary professionals.

Some of the stories are unlucky accidents; based on our reading though, maybe a few could have either avoided or caused less bloodshed. Here’s a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Don’t go sledding on a sheet tray at 2 a.m.
  • Don’t open a beer bottle with your chef’s knife.
  • Never stick your hands into an AC duct unless you know the fan has been switched off.
  • Don’t try to catch falling wine glasses—or any glassware, for that matter.
  • Learn how to pick up a huge pot of hot oil the proper way.
  • Avoid leaving bins of prepped food on the bottom shelves of the work table uncovered. You don’t know what could end up in there, or what you might accidentally serve to an unsuspecting patron.

[via Grub Street New York]