Cooking with children can be a lot of fun, and an invaluable way to teach them about healthy eating. There’s simply no substitute for giving them the tools and opportunity to get involved with cooking at a practical level and the satisfaction that comes with producing their own home-made produce.
That said, it’s important to follow some basic safety principles to ensure that your family time in the kitchen doesn’t end in disaster. Kitchens, of course, are filled with numerous health hazards – more so than any other room in the house.
From hot stoves and boiling water to sharp knives and electrical appliances, there are potential causes of accidents in the kitchen everywhere you look. Setting some clear kitchen rules can help minimise the risks of injuries for all involved. Below are the top 5 kitchen rules for kids.
Top 5 kitchen rules for kids
- Wash your hands!
This is one for hygiene, rather than physical safety. Still, it’s a vitally important lesson to get across to prevent the spreading of germs and diseases, especially as you know who is sure to be the first person asked to taste their creation!
- Take care with knives
From asking an adult for help with particularly complex chopping, to making sure sharp knives are not submerged in sink water, it’s essential children are aware just how important knife safety in the kitchen is.
- Turn pot handles inwards
Those of us who have been cooking for many years do this without thinking, but remember that children don’t have the same experience. Handles pointing towards the back of the hob mean nobody is going to accidentally knock a pot or pan over.
- Don’t throw water on a cooking fire
Of course, children shouldn’t be dealing with a kitchen fire at all but if they are there it’s essential they don’t throw water on a cooking fire in an effort to help. It will merely make it bigger.
- Know how to deal with burns
No matter how safe in the kitchen you are, burns always happen. Make sure the kids know to run the affected area under cool running water for about 10 minutes.
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Having kitchen rules for kids can only do so much. If an accident occurs from faulty equipment, then you may be due injury compensation. A call to Accident Advice Helpline can set you on the way to the compensation you deserve, so call 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles. Our lawyers work on a no-win, no-fee* basis and have the experience to deal with your claim for you.
Date Published: February 20, 2017
Author: Accident Advice