by Karen Morrone, Marketing and Communications Manager
September 13 is Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day. I think kids taking over the kitchen in my house occurs on a weekly basis as they are teenagers who like to cook and bake for themselves. In honor of this unique holiday and since this is an insurance blog, I thought it best to share some kitchen safety tips that I use with my children:
- Review how to properly use a knife. Chopping slowly is perfectly fine and always cut downward and away from the body. I would like to avoid a trip to the ER.
- Set a timer. And then remember to turn the oven or stove burner off. I am still working on that second part with my kids. Taking your masterpiece out of the oven or off the burner is wonderful, but leaving the oven on or having a pan on the stovetop with nothing in it is not wise. Fire prevention is key.
- Be alert. Pay attention at all times when cooking or baking. Burning yourself is anothe reason I hope to avoid the emergency room.
- Don’t use oil if you are home alone. I do not allow my children to cook with oil if my husband or I are not home. According to the NFPA, frying is the greatest risk of a cooking fire and unattended cooking is a leading factor in home cooking fires. Kids can easily get distracted when cooking (hello cellphone), so take away that risk and save the oil for when an adult is home.
I think I’ll celebrate Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day and have my children make my husband and I a terrific dinner. Perhaps you too can enjoy some time in the kitchen with your family. And always remember to be safe while doing so.
Karen is the Marketing & Communications Manager for MAX where she manages content marketing and social media. When she’s not at the office, Karen can be found transporting her children to soccer and other after-school activities. In her “spare time”, you can find her volunteering at scouts, tending to her garden, or baking treats.
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