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Cooking with kids: safety rules 2

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Cooking with your kids or grandkids can be some of the most rewarding times in their lives and yours.

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In the first article on the issue, the rules focused on safety issues surrounding ovens and stoves. This one will deal with appliances, microwave ovens and knives. Once again, these tips are paraphrased from those found in The Math Chef, written by Joan D’Amico and Karen Eich Drummond. This book is often used as a source in public school family and consumer education classes.

While Using any Appliance

  • Use an appliance only if you have permission from an adult and if you are positive you know exactly how to use it.
  • Never operate anything that operates on electricity near water or a sink.
  • Never use any appliance that has frayed or damaged electrical cords or plugs.

While Using a Microwave Oven

  • Only use cookware that is microwave safe (normally noted on the cookware), paper towels, paper plates and paper cups.
  • Always use oven mitts and pot holders when removing items from the microwave.
  • If a dish is covered, be sure there are several some openings in it so steam can escape during the cooking process.
  • Prick foods like hot dogs and potatoes with a fork before placing in the microwave.
  • Never try to cook an egg in the microwave while still in its shell – it will explode and make a nasty mess.

When Using a Knife

  • Never touch or pick up a knife without an adult’s permission.
  • Always pick a knife up by its handle.
  • Keep your focus on what you are doing when handling a knife.
  • Always cut away from yourself, and others.
  • When slicing foods with a knife, always use a sliding back-and-forth motion.
  • Never leave a knife near the edge of a table. A small child may be able to touch it or it could easily be knocked off the table.
  • Do not try to catch a knife that is falling.
  • Do not use knives to cut strings, to open cans or bottles, or as a screwdriver.
  • Do not place a knife into a sink full of water, rather place it on the drainboard, to avoid cutting yourself.


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