With a number of children inspired by culinary personalities and wanting to participate more in the process of getting meals ready, First Aid For You has partnered with the Travelling Kitchen and are offering some timely tips for kitchen safety.

Firstly, adult supervision is vital; always ensure there is an adult (someone over the age of 18) around watching and helping.

It’s important to allow older children (ages 12-16) an opportunity to do some kitchen preparation with supervision at a safe distance. For younger children (ages 6-12), it’s recommended that an adult is always watching.

Explain to the kids the concept of sous chef (an assistant chef) and how vital they are in restaurants and that they can be your sous chef in the home kitchen, listening to your instructions and making sure the meal is prepared properly and safely.

Keep liquids away from electrical cords and appliances to prevent electrical accidents. It doesn’t take much to cause an electrical accident, faulty or frayed wiring, burned out sockets or old appliances can cause fires and electrocution if not checked on a regular basis.

Consider the next time the electrician is around, to have them check power points in the kitchen and ensure all kitchen wiring is safe.

The importance of a clean space and being a clean chef is vital. Encourage the kids to keep clean with a new apron (why not treat them with one embroidered with their name) and to clean as they go.

Not only does this make cleaning up at the end easier, it’s safer to work in a clean, organised space and helps prevent cross contamination.

Use separate chopping boards when preparing meats and vegetables, different knives to cut chicken to vegetables and always wash hands in between different food preparation tasks recommends the Travelling Kitchen.

Emphasising the importance of washing hands doesn’t have to take away from the enjoyment of preparing a meal, consider singing a song with little ones while washing hands together. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, is a great song as it takes as long to sing, as it does to thoroughly wash hands.

Finally, having a first aid kit in the kitchen and showing the kids what each component is for will ensure they know where to go and what to use, should an emergency arise.

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  • Thanks for the wise advice, safety in the kitchen is very important (my daughter also has a little apron with her name on it).


  • We have the first aid kit and adult supervision always. We also don’t let them use a sharp knife until they’re old enough, same with potato peeler and cheese grater


  • Great read. Thanks for the article.


  • Great read!!! So important!


  • Safety is always a timely reminder, thanks for sharing these safety tips for little ones in the kitchen .


  • My grandsons love to help in the kitchen and i always encourage them to do so.


  • good tips! thankyou. i always keep a few first aid kits around

    • yeah definatley a good reminder to be safe around


  • great idea with using seperte chopping boards, i never knew that fish smelt so bad when you prepare it from start yourself. We now have a dedicated chopping board for that kept well away from the others. Nothing i do seems to get rid of the smell


  • Good tips


  • this is so great to win


  • so great


  • One of my grand-daughters likes to get in the kitchen with me, to help ‘Nanny cook’. I keep a very close eye on her & only allow her do certain things. Better to be safe than sorry.


  • One of my daughters likes to get in the kitchen with me. But I will only let her do certain things just to be careful.


  • Fun and games with the kids in the kitchen :-)


  • At the moment, I just bake with my 4yo. She can add and stir ingredients. And lack the spoons – of course!


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