With Thanksgiving approaching, there will be more cooking and more children in the kitchen.
Here are some safety tips.
Turn pot handles to the middle of the stove; don’t let pot handles hang over the stove edge. A child in the kitchen may reach up and grab the handle and pull the hot gravy or whatever upon itself.
Or, an adult may walk past the handle, knock the handle, flip the pot from the stove and it falls on a child. Whenever you hear of someone getting burned by a pot falling upon them, there is a large probability that this rule was broken in some way.
With more dishes being washed, and temporary drying situations being set up, maybe on dish towels or other “holiday make-shift” drying situations, make sure that there are no edges of the dish towels hanging over the counter that a child can pull down on itself.
When you are not using a sharp knife, or any sharp cooking utensil, put it in the sink. If a knife is on the counter, it can be pushed off by accident, fall off by accident, and hurt someone by accident. If it is on a drying towel, and the towel is pulled off the counter, the knife can fall on someone and hurt that person. Wash, dry, and put knives away. The best place for knives and other sharp kitchen utensils, when not in use, is either put away or in a sink.
This could be Tip 1. Consider getting a child | pet restraining gate and to keep the babies and toddlers out of the kitchen in the first place. That is the ultimate safety. This prevents any precludes any possibility of the above happening. It also means there is no chance of tripping over a toddler or crawling baby while carrying a hot pot if the baby or toddler is not in the kitchen in the first place.
It is likely that there will be children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and various people who are not normally in your kitchen. Discuss safety rules and expectations ahead of any cooking project. That includes safety tips such as those above and others you may have for your individual kitchen. That includes washing hands before working with food. That should not need to be mentioned, but, in reality, it is a good idea to cover that as well.
We are back to Tips 1-7. Sloppiness, carelessness, and not being diligent about the little things can be the cause of accidents. Generally, accidents don’t “just happen”. They are the result of either bad habits or practices, where we fail to do something we should do or do something we should not do.
Proverbs 22:3 (WEB) A prudent man sees danger, and hides himself; but the simple pass on, and suffer for it.
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