Being Safe in the Kitchen

Your Adult Assistant

If you've ever seen a cooking show on TV, you know that all the best chefs have an assistant to help them out. If you're a kid, an adult assistant can come in handy to make cooking easier and keep you safe.

What Should You Wear?

Wearing an apron will keep your clothes clean. If you don't have an apron, an old shirt will do. But don't wear anything that's big and loose. Baggy sleeves or clothes could catch fire or get caught in mixer beaters or other equipment.

Using the Kitchen Safely

You have your ingredients neatly lined up, your hands washed, and your measuring spoons out. But before you start, it's a good idea to learn a few rules of the kitchen. It's easy to get injured in the kitchen if you're not careful, and a cut or burn will put an end to your fun cooking session.

Here are some ways to keep from getting burned:

Use potholders or oven mitts (no dish towels) when handling hot pots, pans, or baking trays.

Turn pot and pan handles toward the back of the stove so you won't knock them over by accident.

Get help from an adult when using a gas stove. Never try to relight the pilot light on a gas stove. Only an adult should do this.

Use only microwave-safe cookware in the microwave — never tinfoil or anything metal. If you're not sure if something is safe for use in the microwave, ask an adult first.