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Cooking Safety Around the Holidays

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thanksgiving is almost here and this is a great time to bond with your family, but it can also be a potentially dangerous time.

Preparing meals with your child is a great way to encourage them to try new food and they'll love helping mom and dad in the kitchen, however it's important to keep them away from hot food and liquids.

Among children under 5 years of age, hot water accounts for nearly 50 percent of all scald burns associated with nonelectric cookware. Scald burns, caused by hot liquids or steam, are more common types of burn-related injuries among young children, compared to contact burns, caused by direct contact with fire, which are more prevalent among older children.

How to Prevent Burns While Cooking:

  • Don’t hold your child when cooking or carrying hot liquids or food 
  • Put lids on all hot drinks 
  • Never microwave a bottle 
  • Create a safe zone around the stove and fireplace 
  • Cook with pots and pans on back burners turning handles away from the front Place hot liquids and foods in the center of table 
  • Avoid using tablecloths 
  • If you need to leave the kitchen while cooking, take the child with you 
  • Test cooked food and heated liquids to make sure they are not too hot for your child


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