Safety in the Kitchen

Safety in the Kitchen

Cuts, burns and dangers are a reality of being in a kitchen. Make sure to always supervise your children in the kitchen. Remind them there is no rush, to take their time to complete their task. Making them aware of the various dangers will help prevent cuts and burns.

Food Safety

Food safety is always a concern. As you involve your child in cooking activities, explain the steps you take to keep food safe. Why do you wash your veggies and fruits? Before any mealtime preparation begins, show them proper hand washing. Use aprons and tie back long hair.

Be food safe at all times, and have fun with your child by learning about bacteria and foodborne illnesses. Test out your food safety knowledge. Follow Public Health Inspectors advice to kill or reduce the number of food poisoning bacteria in foods you prepare by cleaning, cooking, chilling, defrosting, separating safely.

Kitchen Safety

Be safe in the kitchen by following these easy tips.

Prevent fires and burns:

  • Use dry oven mitts or potholders.
  • Turn pot handles to the centre of the stove.
  • Tilt (pot) lid away from face to prevent burns from steam.
  • Clean grease from stovetop and oven.
  • Keep hair tied back.
  • Don't leave cooking food unattended.
  • Don't put metal dishes, utensils or tin foil in the microwave.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher near the stove and know how to use it.

Prevent electrical shocks:

  • Keep electrical equipment and cords away from water.
  • Keep wet hands away from electrical outlets.
  • Turn off an appliance before plugging it in.
  • Hold the plug - never the cord - when unplugging.

Prevent falls:

  • Clean up spills immediately (right away).
  • Keep floor clear of objects you can trip over.
  • Pick up dropped food.

Prevent cuts:

  • Use sharp knives. Use the right knife for the job.
  • Cut away from your body.
  • Hold the knife by its handle.
  • Wash knives separately and store in their proper place.
  • Use a cutting board. Place a damp cloth under the cutting board to prevent it from moving.
  • Sweep glass immediately with broom and dustpan.  Use wet paper towel for smaller pieces.

Want to speak with a Registered Dietitian?

  • Call Telehealth Ontario and ask to speak with a Registered Dietitian. Available Monday-Friday 9am-5pm at 1-866-797-0000 (TTY: 1-866-797-0007)

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