Safe Practices in the Kitchen

The kitchen is one of the most dangerous places in the home, especially when children are involved.  Working with children in the kitchen requires extra care.

Some of the most common accidents in the kitchen include burns, fires, cuts, falls, electric shock, and poisoning.

You can help prevent accidents while working in the kitchen with children in many ways. Some of these include:

Remember that stove tops are hot and may stay hot long after they are turned off. Adults should cook foods on the stove top and place or remove food from the oven.

Keep handles on pots and pans turned inward, so there is no danger of someone knocking them off the stove.

Don’t wear loose-fitting clothes or long floppy sleeves when cooking or allow children to have long floppy sleeves. They can easily catch fire. Keep long hair tied back.

Use pot holders when handling hot pans. Do not use a towel.

Lift pot lids away from you so the steam flows away from you and does not burn you.

Wash knives separately from rest of dishes and silverware.

Wipe up spills immediately.

Never touch electrical appliances if your hands are wet.

All household cleaners are poisonous. Never pour a little soap or other potentially dangerous liquid into a container that once held food. When small children are around, the cleaners need to be in a locked cabinet.

All cleaners, dish washing detergents, and plastic bags need to be kept out of small child’s reach.

Don’t call vitamins or medicine “candy.”

Stay safe and keep children safe by following safe practices in the kitchen.

To your good health and that of your family,

Lee Jackson
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