Festive feasts and holiday treats are a favorite part of the holiday and Hanukkah season. Children are especially eager to help prepare goodies and learn about cooking. Remember, having children around the kitchen requires a care and supervision. 

Kitchen Safety                                    
  • Never leave food that is cooking unattended
  • Turn all pot handles toward the back of the stove
  • Keep flammable items, such as towels & dishrags, away from the stove top
  • Never put water on a cooking fire…use baking soda or flour to help put it out
  • Turn off all appliances before leaving the kitchen

Cooking with Child Helpers       
  • Before introducing children to the kitchen, make sure you have taken essential safety steps such as having a fire extinguisher nearby
  • Wash your hands frequently as well as your children
  • Never leave a child unattended in the kitchen
  • Never carry a child while cooking
  • Make sure you & your child wear close-fitting clothing when cooking
  • Always supervise a child when using the microwave
  • Children under age 10 should not handle the stove, electrical appliances, sharp utensils or hot dishes
  • Be sure to keep hot liquids and foods away from counter or table edges where they can be easily knocked off by children
  • Unplug appliance cords when not in use and keep them out of children’s reach

U.S. Department of Agriculture Meat and Poultry Hotline:
1-800-535-4555
1-800-256-7072 (TDD/TTY)
Food & Cooking Safety                   

Clean: 
Wash hands & food-contact surfaces often. Bacteria can spread throughout the kitchen & get onto cutting boards, knives, sponges, & counter tops.

Separate: 
Don't cross-contaminate--don't let bacteria spread from one food product to another-especially true for raw meat, poultry and seafood. Keep these foods and their juices away from ready-to-eat foods.

Cook: 
Cook to proper temperatures. Foods are properly cooked when they are heated for a long enough time and at a high enough temperature to kill the harmful bacteria that cause foodborne illness.

Chill: 
Refrigerate promptly. Refrigerate foods quickly keeps most harmful bacteria from growing and multiplying. Keep refrigerator set at 40 F & freezer at "0" F, check settings occasionally with a thermometer.

Remember to follow these tips to help keep you and your family safe this holiday season. Watch out for all of the eight part serious on holiday safety including Cooking, Stress-Free Holidays, The Holidays After Loss of A Loved One, Shopping, Child Safe Gift Guide, Gift's and Child Boundaries, and Family Holiday Activities and more.

You can also visit Winter Holidays and Winter Sport Safety or read or print Holiday Times for all your holiday safety needs.

For questions, contact holidaysafety@proconsumersafety.com

 


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