Safety Tips in the Kitchen
- Never leave children alone in the kitchen. Children should be supervised at all times while in the kitchen. Ovens, knives, hot liquids, hot pots and electrical appliances are all potentially dangerous.
- Wash hands in hot, soapy water before and after handling food, particularly raw meats. Use paper towels to dry hands. If a dish towel touches the raw meats or the juices from the raw meats, quickly remove it from the kitchen for laundering. Clean the sink, counter tops or any areas that raw meat or their juices may have touched.
- Put foods that can spoil, like dairy products and meats, in the refrigerator right after using them. Do not let perishable foods sit out on the counter.
- Make sure children do not lick their fingers or put their hands in their mouths when handling food. This is very important with raw foods such as cookie dough or meat.
- Do not put cooked food on an unwashed plate or a cutting board that has had raw food on it. Always put cooked food on a clean plate.
- Use a tissue to cover your mouth and nose for sneezes or coughs, and turn away from food while coughing or sneezing. Wash hands right away after a cough or sneeze.
- Turn the oven off and unplug all cooking appliances before leaving the kitchen. Never leave an oven or stove on or with the door open for room heat.
- Keep electrical appliances away from water to avoid shocks. Stay away from electrical sockets, especially if your hands are wet, and instruct children not to put their fingers or hands anywhere near sockets.
- Always turn pot handles inward toward the back of the stove so they can not be reached or pulled down.
- Use a frying screen over pans to prevent grease splattering. If grease catches fire, cover the pan with a lid.
- Never add water to a pan that has hot oil in it. It could make the oil spatter and burn someone. Throw baking soda or salt on a grease fire. Do not use flour, baking powder or other cooking powders that resemble baking soda or salt – they have a different chemical makeup and will make the fire worse.
- Stop, drop and roll: If on fire, stop, drop, and roll. Remove all burned clothing.
- Use cool water: Hold the burned area under cool running water. Do not use ice, butter or petroleum jelly (Vaseline).
- Cover the burn: Cover the area with a clean, dry sheet. Keep the person warm.
- Seek medical attention immediately.
Before making any recipe:
- Check all ingredients. Make sure the child is not allergic to any of the ingredients or additives in a recipe. Check food labels on prepared foods.
- Consult your doctor. If your child has any medical or dietary restrictions due to a medical condition or the use of medications that have side effects with certain foods, consult your doctor before making the recipe.
What Kids Can Do Safely
- Measure ingredients
- Wash fruits and vegetables
- Stir/sift ingredients in bowl
- Set the table
- Garnish food
- Grease pans
- Peel oranges or hard cooked eggs
- Pour cool (not hot) liquids