Kitchen Safety Tips For Children
cooking fun and your children will beg you to help in the
kitchen. Make cooking a chore, and your children will run
for cover the moment you mention it’s time to cook or
make your life so miserable you kick them out of the kitchen.
Either way, your children need to understand the importance
of kitchen safety and safe cooking.
the dangers of the kitchen and how to prevent them is an essential
life tool that all children should learn. Whether your children
want to take over as household “Chefs” or simply
wants to learn how to feed themselves when they move out on
their own, I invite you to read these important kitchen safety
tips and share them with your children, today.
Supervise young children and first-time chefs. Never let your
child cook alone.
2. Develop patience. Your children will make fewer mistakes
when they are enjoying the process and not worrying about
getting yelled at.
3. Handle kitchen products properly. Don’t assume your
children will know what to do with kitchen products just by
watching you in the kitchen. Take the time to explain how
each product works, as it’s needed for each recipe.
4. Understand fire safety. Explain how the fire extinguisher
works, how to put out a grease fire, and when to call 911.
5. Wear short sleeves. Long sleeves have a chance of catching
fire or falling into hot grease or boiling water.
6. Wear an apron. Aprons help protect clothes and add extra
padding in case of spilt hot water, splattered oil, etc.
7. Use oven mitts. Never use a towel to move hot pans because
the loose parts of the towel can fall onto a hot burner and
catch on fire. Oven mitts are safer because they help your
children hold onto the handle of a hot pan more securely.
8. Wash your hands. Hands carry germs and can contaminate
9. Keep pan handles facing in and over countertops. Pan handles
should never extend over the hot stove and definitely not
out towards the floor where someone could bump the handle
and spill a pot of hot food on him.
10. Never leave food unattended. Unwatched pots can spill
over causing fires and other kitchen hazards.
11. Clean up spills. Serious injuries occur when others slip
and fall because of wet floors or foreign objects, so make
sure your children understand the importance of cleaning up
a spill as it occurs. (Always have a mop or rag handy.)
12. Speed clean ups. Teach your children to clean while they
wait for the next stage in preparing the food (i.e. water
boils, soup simmers, etc.).
13. Never eat raw meats or poultry. Raw poultry can lead to
food poisoning (i.e. salmonella).
14. Wash surfaces where raw meats and poultry touched. Surfaces
touched by raw meat should be cleaned before placing another
food product on that surface to prevent cross contamination.
15. Keep raw food separate from cooked food. Never place cooked
food back on a plate that once contained raw food.
16. Metal and microwaves don’t mix. Any object that
contains metal or aluminum should not be placed into a microwave
because doing so could cause a fire.
finally, listen to your children. Making your children cook
foods they don’t like could cause them to cook out of
anger, become careless in the kitchen, and in the end get
one of your children shows enthusiasm when you ask him to
help bake a cake, stir up a batch of cookies, or knead dough
but enters the kitchen kicking and screaming at the mention
of helping you cook meat or a side-dish, don’t force
him to cook the meal—not yet anyway. Sometimes, children
need to start off doing what they love in the kitchen and
then graduate into cooking other food items. If you push too
hard, you could turn your child off of cooking forever.
About the Author:
Alyice Edrich is
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