Cooking Safety Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Jennifer Lowery

Jennifer has taught elementary levels K-3 and has master's degrees in elementary education and curriculum/instruction and educational leadership.

Cooking can be a fun and delicious activity, but it is important to cook safely. In this lesson, learn how to be safe in the kitchen by using safety techniques and tips to avoid injuries.

Let's Get Cooking!

What's better than a home cooked meal? It's a great idea for kids to learn how to use kitchen tools so they can make delicious meals just like adults! Let's find out how to work safely when cooking, so that you can become the next top chef!

Precautions Before Cooking

Before you even get started with the first step of a recipe, take some safety precautions. Every kitchen needs a fire extinguisher. This is a tool that can put out a fire quickly and safely. Many house fires begin in the kitchen. Hopefully this will never happen to you, but if it does, you will have the proper equipment to put a fire out.

Always make sure you have a fire extinguisher located in your kitchen.
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Check your clothing before you begin cooking as well. Don't wear any loose clothing that could hang down onto the stove or pots where you are cooking. If you have long hair, pull it back or wear a cap or hair net so your hair doesn't get caught in hot pots or pans. Plus, who wants hair in their food? Yuck!

Utensil Safety

Kitchens are full of utensils, which are tools that help you prepare food. Some examples of utensils are spatulas, which you might use to flip pancakes, or tongs which are used to grab items out of hot pots or pans. These utensils need to be handled with care, especially those with sharp edges like knives. If you are using sharp utensils, ask for help from an adult who can be your cooking partner.

Keep any utensils you're using away from the edge of the counters. This way, you won't knock them off while you are walking through the kitchen. Plus, if you have younger brothers or sisters, this will keep them safe as well. They won't be tempted to grab that shiny knife right on the edge of the counter!

This kitchen looks a little dangerous, with utensils close to the edge of the counters.

Things Are Heating Up!

Heat is helpful for cooking, but it can be dangerous. Never touch a hot pan with your bare hands, and do not use items like plastic gloves that can melt when exposed to heat. So they don't catch fire, keep paper towels, pot holders and dish towels away from the oven and stovetop. To avoid getting burned, wear oven mitts or use pot holders when handling hot pots and pans. You should also use these when putting hot dishes on the counters to avoid burning surfaces.

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