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Stay safe in the kitchen (easy read)

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The kitchen is a great place for kids.
BUT it can be dangerous.

  1. You could get into trouble if you don't know how to do things safely.
    in trouble
  2. You could get hurt.
  3. You could let germs get into the food!
  4. You could get into trouble for leaving a mess!

Getting ready

* Ask if you can use the kitchen. getting everything ready
* Ask what food you can have.
* Ask an adult or older person for help.
* Find out what you need.
* Get everything ready.

Keep yourself safe

kids in the kitchen * Get an adult to show you how to use the oven, microwave and cook top.
* Use a dry potholder to hold hot pots.
* Use a heatproof stand to put hot pans and pots on.
* Use small, sharp knives - they work better.
* Point all pan handles away from the front of the stove.
* Ask an adult to pour hot water into or out of a pan or kettle.
* Use a timer so that you don't cook things too long (or forget them!)
* Turn everything off when you've finished cooking.
                                      *  Clean up!  

Keep germs away

  • Wash your hands with soap and water before you start.
  • Use a clean chopping board for cutting.
  • Make sure that all bowls, cake tins and tools are clean before you start.
  • Keep the bench top clean.
  • Don't let the cat or the dog 'help' you!

Clean up

Clean up * Clean up as you go along - even if you've got a dishwasher.
* Keep your clothes clean.
* Sweep the floor.
* Clean the benches.
* Wash up and wash your hands.

Dr Kate says

"Wait until hot food cools down before you eat it".

Dr Kate

Enjoy your food!

food - wonderful food!!

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We've provided this information to help you to understand important things about staying healthy and happy. However, if you feel sick or unhappy, it is important to tell your mum or dad, a teacher or another grown-up.


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