A kitchen can be a dangerous place if you don’t follow some basic safety rules. Here are my top 10 rules.
1. A kitchen is a work station and you should never play in a work station so my first rule is:
No Playing in the kitchen. Even if no one is cooking in there, it’s just a good habit to get into.
2. Unless you have 2 sets of eyes, there’s no way you can watch TV, cut food, measure ingredients, or carefully stir hot foods at the stove: Turn off any distractions, like the TV when you are cooking.
3. You never want to accidentally knock a pot off of the stove and burn yourself or someone else:
Always turn handles facing out to the side; away from you and away from another burner.
3. Food can easily be undercooked or over cooked if you aren’t careful: Remember to use a timer.
4. It’s easy to forget you have something on the stove if you are trying to do too many things at once. Don’t leave the kitchen when you have something on the stove.
5. Cooking is messy so spills are going to happen:
Be sure to clean up spills immediately so no one slips and gets hurt.
6. Fires often start in the kitchen.
Don’t leave anything like, pot holders or napkins on the stove. Even if the stove is turned off.
7. Knives are probably the most dangerous tool in the kitchen.
Always keep blades pointed away from yourself and others.
8. No one likes to bump their head. Keep cupboards and drawers shut.
9. Raw meats can carry harmful bacteria that can seep into wood cutting boards since they are porous. If it does, then it can spread onto other foods and make you sick.
Always use plastic cutting boards for meat instead of wood cutting boards.
10. I can’t have a safety tip list without mentioning the most important rule. Always ask your parent’s permission.