Kitchen Safety Tips for Parents

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As a parent I face a very common dilemma. I want my daughter to learn and to grow yet I want to keep her safe. My daughter isn’t a toddler anymore, in fact she has recently turned ten and has become increasingly into cooking after the last few months.  While cooking is something I believe to be an essential life skill I also worry about her scolding herself, getting burnt or a fire breaking out. Kitchens are very dangerous places but you can make it safer. I have some excellent tips for a child safe kitchen for kids of all ages and even for adults too.

Tips for Toddlers

  • Secure off the kitchen using a safety gate and install door locks on low cupboards for when your child is in the kitchen with you
  • Never leave a toddler or young child unattended in the kitchen
  • Turn all handles away from the edge of cookers and surfaces so little hands can’t grab them
  • Keep electrical cords as short as possible and away from the reach of children
  • Keep medicines, chemicals and products in a high cupboard and add a lock for extra security
  • Store plastic bags in a high cupboard as they are a choking hazard
  • Put draw locks on your cutlery and utensil drawers
  • If you have a table avoid using a table cloth and keep chairs away from the surfaces and white goods

Tips for Keen Young Chefs

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  • Teach your child the basic rules – no running, never leave tea towels on the cooker, pointing the handles of pans away from the edges, carry knives by the handle, and never touch electric sockets with wet hands
  • Buy equipment which is suited to the age and size of your child. It’s a good idea to buy a small knife and silicone utensils and baking trays as heat doesn’t transfer through silicone
  • Teach your child how to operate the tools and the oven safely and the importance of checking it has been turned off once the food has finished cooking
  • Have safety equipment, such as a fire blanket and extinguisher, at hand in case there is a problem
  • Tie back long hair into a pony tail and ask your child to wear clothing with short sleeves and an apron
  • Promote excellent hygiene from the start.  Hands must be washed before cooking and between handling different foods. It’s also useful if you teach your child to wash up as they go along as this will save you or your child a huge clean up job when the cooking is over
  • Let your child know their limits. If you don’t want them to use the kettle yet let them know why. If you aren’t happy for them to remove hot tins from the oven ask them to come to you when it’s time to get the food out
  • Consider the age of your child; you may need to supervise the entire process from start to finish

General Safety Tips

  • Learn what to do in case of fire and share the information with your family
  • Have a first aid kit available with all the basic required items such as plasters, antiseptic sprays, scissors and bandages
  • Always have plenty of clean tea towels and oven gloves for the safe handling of hot equipment
  • Always cut away from yourself
  • Don’t use a rug on the floor as this can be a tripping hazard
  • Clean up any spills from the sink or food preparation immediately to avoid slips
  • Replace any equipment which is broken or damaged, especially electrical goods

These are the very basic kitchen safety tips which are ideal for any family to follow. I am sure you can think of more. Just remember to communicate openly with your children in the kitchen, and let them enjoy the act of cooking in a safe environment.

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Comments

  1. Allison says:

    These are great tips – I think it’s especially important to buy utensils that are specifically designed for kids. For older children, I don’t think it’s a bad idea to make a rule that they can only use the stove, oven or knives when an adult is present.

  2. Its important to know all the necessary kitchen safety tips parents should tell to your children. I think that they should be warned about important thing in cooking. I know that they would enjoy this great experience in the kitchen.

  3. I hope to give something back and help others like you helped me ….

  4. good job ..Thanks for your info!

  5. When we talk about kitchen there is a lot of chance of danger. This occurs because of the materials and equipment that are being installed and placed within the area. So, this is important to consider when we are in our home kitchen. It’s important to be ready and knowledgeable in this kind of situation. By opening this topic we are again aware of the possibilities.

  6. I agree that at the young age, kids should learn hot to cook. Let them explore the kitchen. It’ll give them so much fun and they won’t be going out of the house and play that much.

  7. perfect tips <3 . There are a lot of necessary tips should tell my children. Thanks u so much.

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  10. Thank you for the tips. Thank you for taking the time to post them.

  11. a good lesson for kids is to never leave your cooking unattended, ever. Forgotten stoves are the main cause of house fiers and your kids watch what you do.

  12. my kids have started experimenting with food in the kitchen, since i took all the snacks out the cupboard to teach them a lesson! i always keep an eye on them, its rewarding too because i always get a share of the food at the end.

  13. Thanks for Tips, my child do everything in my kitchen, and broken anything. so this necessary tips should tell my children!!

  14. One advice, never leave your child in the kitchen alone. You’ll never know she / he might do or put in their mouth while you’re not there. Let them sit and watch you instead.
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  15. It’s great. I often encounter many difficulties about the kitchen. These are useful to help me share.Thank you
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  16. Kitchen is no a safer place for kids as long as you are cooking and taking care of your children at the same time. These tips can be healthy and people always follow maximum precautions to stay away their kids from electric devices, stove and other kitchen instalments.

  17. It is a joy to find our kids enjoying cooking moments, like for example, helping in creating beautiful and delicious panini sandwiches. Children do learn greatly from such experience. During these moments, however, we mustn’t be complacent and instead be totally watchful whenever kids help. Panini presses, for instance, have hot plates and so must only be operated by adults. Your young child can help by helping in the assembling of the sandwiches, laying the focaccia bread, and filling it with cheeses, vegetables, and cuts. But during operation proper of the press, you should be the one to do it. This ensures complete safety for your child.

  18. Honestly I did not knew heat was not transferring through silicone, thanks for letting me know and I will surely consider buying silicone cooking materials.
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