Kitchen and cooking facilities

Cooking and preparing food are important learning activities for young children, but kitchens can be very dangerous places.

To prevent injuries, it’s important to follow safety guidelines:

  • Only allow children in the kitchen if you can provide constant supervision.
  • When teaching children about cooking, carefully supervise them while they use sharp or hot things such as knives and stirring spoons.
  • Turn handles of pots and pans toward the back of the stove.
  • Don’t carry hot foods or liquids when children are near you.
  • Don’t place hot items at the edge of a counter or table, or on a tablecloth that could be pulled down by a child.
  • Prevent scalds by keeping the tap water temperature no higher than 50 degrees Celsius (120 degrees F).
  • Don’t let children use microwaves. Food heats unevenly in microwaves and can easily reach scalding temperature.
  • Microwave ovens should not be used to warm infant bottles or infant food. Other foods prepared in a microwave should be stirred thoroughly before serving.
  • Place cooking equipment (such as hot plates and toaster ovens) out of reach of children.
  • Don’t let electrical cords and extension cords dangle within children’s reach.
  • Be sure cleansers, sanitizing agents, and other chemicals are stored out of reach of children and that they are stored in a way that prevents them from coming into contact with food.