Kitchen Rules for Adults

  1. Before entering the kitchen, ask your child to identify any potential dangers. What's hot? What's sharp? Electrical appliances? Demonstrate if necessary what to watch out for.
  2. Demonstrate safe cutting techniques (peel away from your hand, keep fingers away from the blade, don't point the sharp end of the knife at yourself or others, etc.)
  3. Know where the first aid kit and fire extinguisher are kept. Hopefully close by.
  4. Turn saucepan and skillet handles to the middle of the stove. This way you won't bump a handle and spill hot food.
  5. Make sure mixers and blenders are turned off before you scrape the sides of the bowl or allow little fingers near them.
  6. Provide only microwave safe equipment when pulling out the equipment and utensils needed.
  7. Instead of wiping hands on aprons, dish clothes or tea towels, encourage regular hand washing and drying instead.
  8. Instruct children to direct sneezes and coughs away from food and to cover their mouths and to wash hands immediately afterward.