Keeping your Preschooler safe in the kitchen

  • It’s important to teach your child basic kitchen safety rules.
  • Keep contamination down by teaching good hand washing practices.
  • Always keep cleaning products out of reach and in locked cupboards.
  • Limit access to appliances when not in use and keep sharp utensils separate from all others.

The kitchen is typically a center of gathering and activity, and your 2-years-and-older Preschooler will want to be in on the action. Getting him involved in meal planning and preparation is a great way to bond together. Before you get started, teach him some basic kitchen rules.

Cooking with care

It’s never too soon to teach safe food-handling skills.

  • Washing hands with warm soapy water for at least 20 seconds (sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice) is the first rule before touching food. Hands should also be thoroughly washed after touching any raw fish, meats, poultry, or eggs.
  • Begin teaching about cross-contamination. For instance, the spoon he uses to help stir an uncooked food can’t be used to stir a prepared food.
  • Avoid burns by teaching him not to touch hot pots or the food that’s in them.  

Precaution pays off

Thinking ahead about storing certain items safely will help keep accidents from happening:

  • Store toxic items, such as cleaning products, in a high cabinet out of reach. If they are under the sink, ensure the doors automatically lock when closed through safety locks.
  • Keep sharp tools, such as knives and scissors, separate from other utensils and in a locked drawer.
  • Unplug appliances when not in use and don’t let cords dangle.
  • Turn the handles of pots and pans on the stove inward, so your child cannot reach up and grab one.
  • Make sure the knobs on your stove are child-resistant, or put knob covers on.
  • Remove small magnets from the fridge door to avoid them going into your child’s mouth.

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