What to Do in Case of Emergency and How to Use Utensils, Appliances and Tools
With the holidays closing in, ovens across the country are firing up to bake delectable treats and seasonal goodies. For children, the holidays provide the perfect reason to sample tasty edibles and to learn how to create them. Plus, not only do cooking and baking provide children with the chance to try new recipes and techniques, they also provide valuable skills children can carry into adulthood.
Before mastering any recipes, it’s essential that your child knows the benefits of protecting himself when working in the kitchen. Here are some tips on maintaining a safe environment for your child while introducing him to the world of culinary arts.
The first rule of cooking is to wash your hands in order to remove microscopic bacteria that can transfer to food, countertops or utensils. Remember, germs build up throughout the day as we touch unclean things like doorknobs, computers and grocery carts. A little soap and water is all you need to reduce the spread of foodborne illnesses, according to the CDC. A great way to ensure his hands are sparkling clean is to sing to himself his ABCs. Once he gets to the end of the song, he should be ready to go.
It’s also important to explain to him the need to separate raw food from cooked food to prevent cross-contamination like salmonella. Furthermore, it’s crucial to wash utensils and cookware after each use to kill all remaining germs.
Utensil, Appliance & Tool Safety
Kitchen utensils aren’t generally made for children, but there are plenty of safe ways for your child to use electrical appliances and tools. Make sure he understands to always seek permission before using a kitchen appliance or knife, and that an adult should be present at all times to practice.
Appliances can be fun, but they can also be dangerous, so make sure that your child knows how to properly attach all parts of an apparatus before plugging it into an electrical outlet. Explain that he should never stick fingers in outlets or inside appliances like a toaster or oven, and that all electrical wires should be kept away from heat. In case of an emergency, should your child suffer a small cut or burn, it helps to keep an emergency kit nearby.
A Word on Fire Prevention
Cooking equipment has been found to be the most common type of house fire, contributing to approximately 480 deaths between the years 2010 and 2014, according to the National Fire Protection Association. For this reason, teaching fire safety is a must. Every kitchen should have a smoke and carbon monoxide detector within the vicinity of the stove to pick up any traces of smoke or other harmful gases.
Fire extinguishers are also life-saving tools to have at the ready in case of a fire. For the kitchen, you’ll want to have the right extinguisher to put out a fire caused by oil, animal grease, or appliances. However, you can prevent such fires and potential injuries by regularly checking your smoke detectors and learning and teaching the correct usage of extinguishers.
The kitchen is the heart of the home, but it’s also the source of its fair share of hazards. By teaching your child proper kitchen safety, you’re setting him up for good habits as he learns the joys of cooking.
Article by: Daniel Sherwin @ www.dadsolo.com