Keeping your children safe while in the kitchen is a top priority for parents and grandparents, especially during the holidays. While the kitchen is often synonymous with comfort and warmth, it can pose numerous dangers for curious little ones eager to join in on the fun.
Here are several kitchen safety rules for children:
- Only begin if an adult is in the room.
- Always wash your hands and tie back long hair before getting started.
- Loose clothing that could get caught on drawer handles or even catch on fire should be avoided.
- Use a sturdy stool if you can’t reach the countertop comfortably. Clean all works surfaces before beginning to cook.
- Read the entire recipe and set out all ingredients and utensils before beginning.
- Always use oven mitts when handling pots on the stove or items in the oven. Hold the handle of a pot while stirring to prevent it from slipping off of the stove.
- Don’t eat raw cookie dough, cake batter or any food that contains raw eggs.
- Use knives only with adult supervision and never put them in a sink of sudsy water – someone could get hurt by reaching in.
- Never put water on a grease fire, use baking soda instead.
- Make sure all burners and ovens are turned off before leaving the kitchen.
The website Super Healthy Kids is also an excellent resource for adults interested in teaching children about food preparation.
Safety Alert – Romaine Lettuce Recall – November 2018
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is warning people to not eat romaine lettuce after 32 people in 11 states were sickened by E. coli after eating the salad green.
The CDC urges anyone who has romaine lettuce in their home to toss it, even if it’s been eaten before and no one has become ill. It typically takes 2-8 days after ingesting the germ before someone gets sick.
Since the multi-state outbreak has been linked to romaine lettuce, throw out any type of the lettuce, including bagged, individual heads, Caesar salad and salad mixes. The CDC also urges anyone who has romaine in their refrigerator to clean and disinfect any surfaces it may have touched.
The warning was issued two days before the Thanksgiving holiday, when families across the country gather to celebrate family, friends and good food.
Delco Alarm Systems urges everyone to heed the warning and keep their family and friends safe from this food borne illness.
A family-owned business, Delco Alarm System has served the tri-state area and beyond for more than 40 years. You can contact us at 610-494-9100.