Kids Kitchen Safety 101
Cooking can be such an enjoyable task with your little ones. It can help your child become more caring, creative, and even resourceful. But, if you cook with your kids, there are some factors you have to consider in-order to make your kitchen kid-safe and Kid Kitchen Safety 101 can help guide you along the way.
The kitchen can be one of the most dangerous parts of your home, both for kids and even adults. It has an array of machines, equipment and tools that can cause harm if not managed properly.
Here are the top kitchen hazards and how you can keep your kids safe around them:
Cutting yourself in the kitchen is one of the most common kitchen disasters, than can happen to anyone.
So, for obvious reasons, knives should be kept away from your kids, until they have been taught how to a handle knife properly and understand that knives are sharp or until you think they are mature enough to handle a knife! 🙂
In essence, this means your knives (and other sharp objects) should be safely stored in wooden boxes or in a secure drawers or out of reach of those little fingers. It may seem nice to display your fancy, expensive, shiny knives in areas on that counter. But with kids! It’s better to think twice and be safe rather than sorry.
When cooking with kids, I believe that it is important to show them proper techniques in cutting tasks as well as guiding them with safe habits around knives. In my own personal opinion, I do not think that you should teach your kids to fear knives, but instead teach them safety precautions when being around a knife or handling it.
Cooking equipment like stoves and ovens emit heat, which can be unsafe for children and adults. For instance I have burned my self with the stove and oven more times than I would like to admit. Not only have I burned myself by handling hot dishes but I have also been burned form hot grease! 🙁
So, unlike adults, young children just aren’t capable of discern which parts of equipment is hot and shouldn’t be touched. Which is why it is important to teach and show your curious kids the hot areas in the kitchen (depending how old they are) so they understand the danger areas of the kitchen.
Even their cooking attire is just as important when in the kitchen. Make sure you and your kiddos are not wearing loose-hanging clothes as they may catch fire if you have a gas grill or get into food if mixing something. If your kids have long hair, tie it in a ponytail or keep it out of their face. No kid bangles or cute dangling earrings should be worn in the kitchen.
Usually kitchen counter tops or prep tables are designed based on adult measurements. To help kids safely reach them, use a sturdy stool or wooden step. Don’t improvise by getting just any box or some shaky chair. And always stay with them, never leave them unattended.
Always remember to wipe spills and stains immediately to prevent slips and falls. Kids are just always moving around! Have adequate rags in strategic places so you don’t have to look for one when you need it. It makes it easier to do the cleaning right away.
It is good to use slip-free pads underneath your mixing bowls to keep them in place when your child does simple mixing. They may still have poor control of their little hands, so it’s good to keep all things steady for them.
With these simple, basic reminders, you’ll be able to work your way around the kitchen with ease next to your child and you’ll be able to cook with your kids in a fun and safe manner. And remember, have fun cooking! Kids are kids, don’t sweat the small stuff, because they are going to make a mess! 🙂 The kitchen is the heart of your home and belly, so let’s whip up some food and happy cooking!
By the way, don’t forget to have a well-stocked first-aid kit in your kitchen.