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Kitchen Safety Lessons-Kids

Poorvi kapoor August 9, 2022
  1. Wash your hands: Little hands often carry big germs. Clean hands are so important to food safety and should be the first step before touching any food or appliance. While cooking is fun, being safe is the most important ingredient of any successful dish. If we want our food to nourish us rather than make us sick, then washing off potential germs is a must.
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2. Be Attentive: Being casual can cause casualties, and therefore the first and foremost thing that is required on your part is to be attentive. Whenever you are alert, and you know what you are doing, it reduces the chances of mishaps. Most mishaps usually occur when we are not paying heed to what we are doing. Do not take your kitchen lightly because it is similar to any workplace, which means it requires attention and concentration on your part for the effective results and in this case, the effective results would be safety.

3. Take Care Of The Handles
We may sometimes accidentally bump onto the handles of utensils, which may lead to spilling hazards. This can be very dangerous if the food is extremely hot. Always make sure that handles are turned away from you when placed on the stove. Also, if you are using multiple cooking vessels on the stove, ensure proper positioning of the handles to avoid spilling accidents. Make sure that use kitchen towels or napkins while handling hot handles or when you are lifting hot items. Ensure your grip is strong and firm on the handles. To get a better grip make sure you hold the vegetables or fruits with a towel or mitten. Be extremely careful while cleaning the knives and do not leave them in soapy water or along with other utensils, where it may be difficult to place them, which could lead to accidents.

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4. Handling a Fire and Basic First Aid: Kitchen fires can be scary and quickly get out of control. But, we all feel better when we have a good idea of how to handle them ahead of time.

Call for an adult if one is not in the kitchen with you.
Use baking soda to smother small flames.
If a fire is brewing in a pan on the stove, put a lid on it to remove the oxygen.
If flames are large and leaping, leave the house and call Fire brigade.

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5. Knife Safety and other Sharp objects: Teaching kids how to safely use sharp objects can feel intimidating. I recommend starting them young with age-appropriate tools and low-risk scenarios. Learning how to slice, chop, and dice can first be taught with a plastic knife and peeled banana or watermelon. Progress to kids chef’s knives and adult knives slowly as they get older and gain more motor control.

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