A Resource Guide to Child Kitchen Safety

The kitchen is the most dangerous room in the house. Every year, thousands and thousands of injuries happen in this room. Some are high chair accidents, some are knife accidents, some from kitchen fire accidents, and more. Let’s not forget the thousands of children who end up in hospitals due to lack of safety or knowledge around foodborne illnesses.

In this child kitchen safety resource guide, you’ll learn everything you need to know about every single aspect of kitchen safety. From safely using a blender to knowing what temperature to set your fridge at, we’ve included a wide variety of resources on every subject about this.

There are 36 different resources included in this guide that link to different fact sheets, posters, coloring sheets, and more. This guide is both for you and your children. You’ll also find activities here that can make the process of learning about kitchen safety more fun.

General Kitchen Safety

In this first section of general kitchen safety, you and your children will learn the very basics of various aspects of being safe in the kitchen. We provided multiple resources including articles, fact sheets, coloring sheets, posters and more.

Kitchen Safety – This resource by HealthyChildren gives tips on how to remove the most serious dangers of the kitchen. It covers cleaners, knives, fire extinguishers and more.

Kitchen Safety for Children on Their Own – In the USA alone, around 7 million children are commonly on their own, or by themselves with a sibling frequently. Whether this is after school or when parents are out in general, chances are the children are going to go to the kitchen. This resource outlines the most important kitchen safety facts that all children should know.

“Check Your Steps” Children’s Color Quiz – This is both a coloring page and a “fill in the blanks” page for children. This sheet will help them learn about hand washing and proper food storage.

Kitchen Safety – Here you will find the best eight worksheets for kitchen safety. You can download and print as many copies as you want of each of these 8 different workshops. A few examples of the worksheets include Kitchen Safety & Sanitation, Knife Safety, Food and Cooking Safety, Being Safe in the Kitchen and more. Some are black and white while others are full color.

Kitchen Safety Printable Brochure – This printable brochure about kitchen safety is a great resource to give to your children. It’s in bullet point format and also has full-color photographs to make it exciting to read for them.

Kitchen Safety Coloring Book – A 16-paged children’s coloring book that teaches them about a variety of kitchen safety topics.

Kitchen Safety Rules for Kids – These rules will go through the basics of child kitchen safety. These 16 general tips can help prevent accidents and injuries in the kitchen.

Kid Zone Kitchen Safety – If your children are old enough to read, this learning page about kitchen safety is a great resource for them to study. Here they will learn about the importance of giving space in the kitchen, what to do if there’s a fire and more.

List of 51 Catchy Kitchen Safety Slogans – Catchy slogans can be one of the best ways to get kids to learn something. Here you can choose from 51 different phrases to teach your kids or a group of children. At the bottom of the page, you will also find infographics to download or print. Here are just a few examples of the slogans:

  • Heat the food to the right degree, to make it healthy and germ-free.
  • If you don’t want to contaminate the meat, keep your kitchen counters neat!
  • Old fools ignore safety rules.
  • Wash your hands before you eat, whether its an apple or meat.

Appliance Kitchen Safety

This section covers kitchen appliances such as ovens and stovetops, freezers, refrigerators, and dishwashers. The resources provided are all guides and articles. Some links cover safety tips for all appliances, but there are also more specific guides about one appliance only, such as refrigerators.

Kitchen Hazards: Appliance Safety, Fires, and Tips For Kids – This is a very comprehensive guide that covers all kitchen appliances such as microwaves, ovens, and grills.

Home Appliance Safety Guide – In this article, you and your kids can learn the basics of kitchen safety regarding microwaves, stoves and ovens, dishwashers, even freezers, and refrigerators. Each section also includes safety tips for even further education.

Ultimate Guide to Oven Safety – There’s a lot of information involved when it comes to oven safety. In this guide, you’ll learn about the 25 safest ovens which is always something that families should look for. You’ll even learn about what to do in case there’s a fire!

Stove Safety: The Best Oven Locks & More – Oven locks are vital for every kitchen if you have young children. Here you’ll find out about the best ones in the industry.

Refrigerator Safety Guide – For most people, it’s hard to imagine that a refrigerator could be dangerous in the slightest. The fact of the matter is, many things, including fridges, could be dangerous to young children. This thorough guide will teach you everything you need to know about refrigerator safety.

Serious Injuries from Dishwasher Powder Ingestions in Small Children – This scientific study is good to read on your own and with teenagers if they have younger siblings. You learn just how dangerous dishwasher detergents can be and how to prevent this from happening in your own home.

Refrigerator Thermometers – Cold Facts about Food Safety – Refrigerator thermometers are an important aspect of kitchen safety that many people forget about. If you’re trying to prevent you and your family from getting foodborne illnesses, a working kitchen thermometer one of your best tools to combat this. In this fact sheet, you will learn all about the correct temperatures the thermometer should be at along with other safety tips regarding this subject.

Fire Kitchen Safety

Did you know that the kitchen is one of the most popular places that house fires start? Whether it’s a grease fire or something worse, kitchen fires can become extremely dangerous. In this section, you’ll learn all about the tips to prevent this from ever happening in your kitchen.

Best Kitchen Smoke Detector Buying Guide – A high-quality smoke detector is absolutely vital for kitchen safety. This guide helps you choose the best one for your household to protect your family.

How to Avoid House Fires in the Kitchen – This page includes over 12 simple tips to remember so you can avoid house fires that normally start in the kitchen.

Fire Safety In The Kitchen – This PDF page provides fire safety tips along with what to do in the circumstance that there is a kitchen fire.

Small Appliances Kitchen Safety

Toaster ovens, microwaves, blenders, food processors and other small appliances can be extremely dangerous to young children who don’t know how to use them. Learn the proper way to teach your kid about these small appliances through these various fact sheets and articles.

Cooking Safely in the Microwave Oven – This article written by the USDA focuses on how to cook foods in the microwave. It covers defrosting as well, along with what containers are acceptable to use.

Microwave Ovens and Foods Safety – This fact sheet answers every single microwave question that you could possibly have. It comes in both a PDF file and web page. It answers 19 different questions about microwave safety.

Cooking With a Toaster Oven – This article shows you how to safely teach your kids to cook with a toaster oven. It also goes through popular safety issues that you need to be aware of with these mini ovens.

Best Toaster Ovens – If you’re not sure of what toaster oven to buy, just have a look at this list. All of the options take safety into consideration, and you have many different toaster ovens to choose from depending on what works best for you and your family.

Blender Safety – This pdf document is in bullet-point format and it gives many tips about blender safety for children.

Teaching Kids to Use a Blender – Blenders are a small appliance that you should be 100% confident that your child will follow the safety rules before letting them use it alone. On this page, you will learn about safety tips which even includes the cleaning of the blender. At the end, you are given a few kid-friendly smoothie recipes which are a nice surprise!

High Chair Safety

In order to avoid your child getting injured by a high chair (like thousands of other kids do), there are some safety rules to follow. Here you will find some articles, guides, and youtube videos to teach you everything you need to know.

Best High Chairs – It can be a struggle to find the perfect high chair, let alone know what one to buy. These are the 10 best high chairs of 2019 that all consider child safety.

High Chair Safety 101 – Did you know that every year there are thousands of children injured by their high chair? In order to prevent an accident happening to your child, it’s important to read about all the necessary precautions to take. You will also learn about 5 important safety features to look for in all high chairs.

Highchair Safety Tips Every Parent Should Know – This 1.35 minute video will tell parents all the basics they need to know about high chair safety.

Food Safety and Preparation Kitchen Safety

This section is packed full of resources about different types of food safety. Here you will find printable posters, Q&A sheets, activity books, and campaign information about the subject.

Food Safety After School – This is a Q & A (question and answer) guide by the USDA that covers all topics about after school food safety. This includes questions and answers about food poisoning, germs, and general kitchen practices to keep children safe in the kitchen.

Cleanliness Helps Prevent Foodborne Illness – This fact sheet is all about hand washing. How to do it properly, when to hand wash, and more. This fact sheet is part of the Be Food Safe campaign. This campaign shows how to prevent foodborne illnesses through these four steps: Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill. You will learn about each of these 4 steps in detail in this cleanliness fact sheet.

Be Food Safe – This is a campaign on how to prevent foodborne illness. This page provides colored photographs with texts of these steps. You can print and hang these printed photos on your fridge for children to get familiar with.

Be Food Safe Activity Book – This comprehensive activity book is 10 pages long. It’s full color and provides activities for children to do such as word searches. It’s a very fun way to get kids to learn about food safety. You can download it as a PDF file and then print it off.

Be Food Safe Poster – Exactly what it sounds like. A full-color poster that can be printed off so that children can become familiar with these 4 food safety steps.

Keeping “Bag” Lunches Safe – This fact sheet is helpful for both you and your children. Both kids and their parents take bag lunches to work, so the same rules apply. It covers keeping your food cold, cross-contamination, and more.

Back To School Food Safety Poster – This poster can be downloaded and printed off on a normal piece of paper, or you can turn it into a larger poster. It’s great to hang somewhere in the kitchen where kids can read it regularly.

Leftovers and Food Safety – This informative fact sheet covers everything that you need to know about leftovers, from storing them to reheating and even refreezing leftovers. It’s a great resource for teenagers to read too.

Conclusion

We hope this resource guide helps you to become an expert on child kitchen safety. Even if you might already know a few things we’ve included in this guide, there’s always going to be something new to learn about this subject.