Keep Kids Safe, Even When You’re Not Around: Kitchen Safety, Part II

Yesterday, we went over some tips on how to keep the kitchen safe for the family and the importance of passing on those good habits to the younger generation so that they can keep themselves from getting hurt when you’re not around to supervise. Here are some more kitchen safety tips for you to keep in mind and talk about with your kids.

5. Germs grow quickly in foods that are not stored at the proper temperature. Check your temperature settings on your refrigerator regularly, keep the door shut tightly when not in use, and encourage family members to limit the duration and number of times the door is opened for browsing purposes. Exercise extra care when it comes to meats and dairy products, make sure to put these foods away first after a shopping trip and back put leftovers back in the refrigerator immediately after each use. Throw out bread, cheese, jelly, fruit, vegetables or any other foods that have gone past their expiration date, have mold spots, smell funny, or are otherwise less than fresh.

6. If you spill something, take the time to clean it up properly.

7. Never use warm water to thaw frozen meats! Thin meats such as fish fillets can be quickly thawed under cold, running water whereas thicker meats such as steaks should be transferred directly to the refrigerator to thaw. Do not re-freeze thawed, uncooked meats. If you can’t use all the meat that you thawed, cook it, then freeze the leftovers.

8. Know how to use toasters safely:

• Keep the toaster away from curtains or towels or other fire hazards.

• Plug toasters directly into electrical outlets. Avoid using adapters, they can increase the risk of fire by causing you to unintentionally overload outlets with too many appliances. Always unplug toasters and other kitchen appliances when not in use.

• If toast gets stuck, unplug the toaster. Do not use any metal object to remove the toast from the toaster. A pair of wooden tongs are a great toaster accessory to have around.

9. Keep flammable objects and materials away from the stove. Towels, potholders, plastics, and paper towels can all catch fire quickly when near direct heat or flames. Never leave cooking food unattended and remember to turn off the stove right away when you’re done cooking.

Note: If something on the stove does catch fire, put a lid over it to smother the flames. Do not attempt to use water, salt, baking soda, etc. to extinguish the fire. If the flames are coming from the oven, close the oven door, turn off the unit, and have a fire extinguisher close at hand just in case that doesn’t put it out. If ever there is a fire in the house with leaping flames, leave immediately and call 911.

During the holiday season, don’t forget to protect those you love and care for the most with a home security system, which can provide a lifeline in case of medical emergencies, fires, and of course burglaries. I personally recommend ADT home security systems. ADT is the leading provider of home security systems in the U.S., with more than 100 years of experience.

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