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.