November 6, 2014
Safety Education: a Safe Holiday Kitchen
With the holiday season approaching,
the kitchen will become a hub of activity!
Unfortunately, it also can quickly turn into
a site for injuries and fires during this busy
time of year, according to the Fire Marshal's
fire safety council.
Here are a few Kitchen Safety Tips to review.
· Stay in the kitchen while cooking.
If you must leave, turn down the heat
on appliances and return quickly.
· Keep anything that can catch fire,
such as dishtowels, paper or plastic bags,
curtains, etc., at least three feet away
from the stove top.
· Avoid wearing loose-fitting clothing
when cooking (such as long open sleeves)
which can be ignited by hot burners.
· Remove mats or runners in the kitchen
and dining areas that could cause someone
to slip or trip while carrying hot dishes.
· Always turn pot handles inward to prevent
small children from reaching up and pulling
down a hot pan.
· Keep hot items, such as hot beverages and
trays that have just come out of the oven
away from the edge of counters, so that small
children are not able to reach them.
· Hot liquid and food burns often occur when
little ones pull hanging tablecloths or place mats.
Use table cloths and decorations with care.
· Food cooked in a microwave can be
dangerously hot. Remove lids or other
coverings from microwaved food carefully
to prevent steam burns.
· Keep young children and pets away from
the stove when anyone is cooking and never
leave small children in the kitchen unsupervised
when food is being prepared.
· Store knives and other sharp objects
out of the reach of young children.
After reading, have students create a checklist for these tips
or a pictorial poster to be posted in the kitchen.
During the holidays our whole family normally
works together in the kitchen to prepare festive
meals. However, over the years,depending on
the age of the child, they might only have a few
dishes to help prepare. So we would always set
that child on a stool, partially outside the busy
cooking path, in the kitchen with the above
checklist to have them "watch over" us noting
any safety concerns. We made sure they
understood this was an important job being
entrusted to them in helping to keep our family
Thanks so much
for joining us!
See you next week.
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