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Kitchen Safety for Kids

General Safety Rules

Kitchen safety is a vital component for teaching youngsters how to cook. Start them down the path to solid kitchen safety from the very start!

  • Adult supervision is mandatory. Ovens, knives and bubbling pots become potential accidents when kids are left on their own in the kitchen.
  • Instill cleanliness by washing hands in hot soapy water before and after handling food, pulling back long hair, or cleaning counter tops.
  • Always return unused portions of perishable foods, like dairy products and meats, to the refrigerator right after using them. Don't let them sit out on the counter.
  • Teach microwave oven safety. Show how to select a microwaveable bowl and to use pot holders when removing containers from the oven.
  • When shaping foods with hands, caution children not to lick their fingers or put their hands in their mouths. This is especially important with raw foods, such as cookie dough and meat.
  • Instruct children to direct sneezes and coughs away from food, to use a tissue to cover mouth and nose and to wash hands immediately afterward.
  • Instead of wiping hands on dish towels after handling raw meats, use paper towels. If a dish towel comes in contact with raw meats or their juices, immediately remove it from the kitchen for laundering.

Finally, remember that proper kitchen safety starts with the example you lead. Be sure to instill proper kitchen safety early and reinforce it regularly.