- Find out if you have permission to use the toaster, oven, stove and microwave. If not, don't use them.
- Keep emergency numbers by the phone.
- Don't cook when wearing shirts with long, baggy sleeves or with your hair hanging down in your face. You could catch on fire.
- Use pot holders (oven mitts) when handling hot pots, pans, dishes and preheated ovens.
- Steam burns. Be careful of escaping steam with lifting casserole or saucepan lids.
- Be very careful of boiling water and other boiling liquids. They can cause very serious burns. Get help from an adult with boiling things.
- Never heat a pan full of oil. Use very little oil at a time.
- Smother a pan fire by covering it with the pan lid. Do not lift a burning pan to try to move it, and DO NOT pour water over it.
- Never submerge an electrical appliance in water. If one accidentally lands in water, never reach in to remove it. Get an adult to deal with it.
- Never use appliances near the sink or other water sources.
- To clean an electrical appliance, unplug it first. Wipe the appliance with a damp sponge or cloth.
- Always use the proper size knife. Usually a paring knife or a small slicing knife will fill most needs. Never use a knife that is too big for the job you want to do.
- Pay attention to what you are doing. Look at what you are doing at all time.
- Never use a dull knife. Using a dull knife is more dangerous than using a sharp one.
- Keep knives away from counter edges where they may fall and stab you in the leg or foot.
- When you walk with a sharp knife, always keep the sharp end pointed down.
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