Kids in the Kitchen Safety Tips by nak14542

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                                    Kids in the Kitchen Safety Tips

Let’s Get Started:

•   Use a steady stepstool to reach ingredients from high cabinets. That way you won’t fall. Or, ask an adult to
    get things that you can’t reach yourself.

•   Always wash your hands with warm, soapy water before you handle or eat food to keep food clean and safe
    to eat. Sing the whole alphabet song while you wash your hands, so you spend enough time (20 seconds)
    washing to ensure that hands are clean.

•   Clean the counter or table where you prepare food or eat with warm, soapy water, too.


Let’s Get Cooking:

•   Be careful with sharp utensils, such as knives, cheese graters and can openers. Ask an adult to help you use
    them.

•   Always wash your hands after handling uncooked meat, chicken, eggs or fish. It’s easy to catch unhealthy
    germs. Also, wash the plate or use a new one after you use it for uncooked food.

•   Dry your hands with a towel before handling electrical appliances or inserting a plug into an outlet.
    Keep electrical appliances away from the sink so you won’t get shocked.

•   Be careful near a stove so you don’t burn yourself or catch your sleeve on fire. Always make sure an adult is
    around.

•   Always turn pot handles toward the back of the stove so that no one bumps into them accidentally.
    By knocking over a steaming hot pot of food, you may get burned!

•   Ask an adult to help you if you cook with hot oil. Don’t stand too close to the pan because the hot oil could
    splatter and burn you.

•   When you cook meat, poultry, fish or eggs, have an adult help you check to see that it’s cooked through.
    For example, hamburgers shouldn’t be pink inside. Learn how to use a meat thermometer; burgers should be
    160 F inside.

•   When you open the oven, stand well away from the oven door so you won’t burn your face.

•   Use potholders to handle hot pots and pans. Put a potholder on the counter under these dishes, too.

•   Make sure you have a fire extinguisher close by in case of an unexpected fire. Baking soda from your pantry
    can help stop the flames, too. Never throw water on a kitchen fire because the flames might get even bigger.
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Let’s Clean Up:

•   Put leftovers away so they stay safe to eat. Cover them carefully. Cooked foods, leftover canned foods,
    dairy foods, fresh fruits and vegetables, raw meat, poultry and fish belong in the refrigerator. Put dry foods,
    such as bread, pasta and rice, in the cabinet or pantry – away from household cleaners.

•   Turn off the oven, stove and all appliances when you are finished cooking. Before you leave the kitchen,
    check to make sure everything is off.

•   Wash the dishes, counters and table with warm, soapy water.


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Source: Canned Food Alliance and How To Teach Nutrition To Kids

								
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