Safety in the kitchen is without a doubt one of the most important things that you can teach your children. First of all, it must be understood that your children will spend hours in the kitchen later in life; cooking is a life skill and it MUST be taught properly. Kitchen safety, when taught early on, can go on to save lives. The interesting thing about it however, is that many of the safety precautions you would need to teach them, are things that you simply do from reflex, or rather, automatically. That being the case, we’re going to do our best to remind you, and get you up to speed on what you should be teaching your children.
Basic Pot/Pan Safety
The most basic piece of safety your children need to learn when they are dealing with the stove, is to make sure that all pots and pans sit on the stove with their handles facing inward rather than outward. One of the most common kitchen mistakes is managing to bump the handles and knock the pan onto the floor, which could easily cause third degree burns depending on how hot the pan was and what was IN the pan at the time.
Another important piece of pot/pan safety advice is to always use potholders. Most pans have a handle that does not conduct heat, but there are still those that are comprised of metal, and are very much conductors of heat. If you have a mix of both in your kitchen, accidents are bound to happen, and then see the first paragraph in this section.
Proper attire in the kitchen might seem like a very small thing, perhaps even unimportant, but it is far more important than you realize. Why exactly? Because loose clothing, improper footwear, and improperly kept hair can lead to accidents. For example, if your shoes are slippery you could slip on the tile floor, or loose clothing could catch the edge of a pot, or even worse, the burner of a gas stove. Once again, small things that make a huge difference.
Avoid Sharp Edges
In a kitchen, sharp edges are going to be everywhere. Whether it is a knife or the blade of a blender, you need to teach your child the basics in handling these items. For example, teach your children to cut away from themselves when they are using a knife. To be honest, we all break this rule, but good habits need to be instilled in the young. In addition to that, teach them the basics of avoiding motorized blades, and explain why they are a danger.
These are three of the most important pieces of kitchen safety advice that your children will need to learn. Start teaching today so that they can employ these lessons throughout their entire life.