Keeping Kids Safe Around Kitchen Knives
Knives are rated to be among the most common kitchen hazards, with more than 3.4 million children experiencing an unintentional household injury every year. It’s important to discuss and practice proper kitchen safety with your children, especially if you’re a fan of high-quality kitchen knives. Learning how to care for and use your knives and other kitchen utensils are only parts of being a great cook. Properly and securely storing them away so that they are out of reach of small hands, is one of the most important aspects of running a safe, efficient home kitchen.
Teach Your Children About Knives
Like guns, one of the biggest safety techniques applies for knives when it comes to children. Teach them about knives and let them ask questions in order to address any curiosity early on. If you want to, you can invest in a small kid-friendly knife set to allow them to participate in cooking and cutting with you. This will get them comfortable handling a knife, while also allowing them to learn practical life and culinary skills. If you’re going to do this, you’ll want to also teach them how to properly hold a knife, where to grip the handle and how much pressure to use, as well as the right cutting techniques to avoid injury. It should go without saying that you should never let your children use knives when unattended; but with an adult present, you should feel free to let them engage in a learning process that helps them cultivate confidence and life skills.
Practice Regular Knife Safety
Engaging in the proper handling of knives in the kitchen will not only set a good example for your children to learn how to handle the utensils, but it will also ensure your whole kitchen is safe for anybody who enters it. You’ll want to start by never keeping kitchen knives in a disorganized and regular drawer where blades are exposed which can cut somebody reaching into it.
If your knife edges are not covered in a kitchen drawer please consider using Universal Edge Guards to properly cover the sharp edge for better knife safety. It’s a good idea to also keep a cork on the sharp tip as long as children are around or store them in a knife block that is up and out of their reach. And, as counter-intuitive as it might sound, you’ll want to always keep your knives sharp by using a sharpening tool and cleaning them regularly. If using a wet stone is too challenging for you try a spring loaded pull through sharpener to get a quick sharp edge. Dull knives require a greater force to cut something which often results in slips and cuts, especially when handled by children. Any chef will tell you, a sharp knife is a safer knife! If your knives have not been professionally sharpened in a few years, it’s most likely time to bring them to a qualified knife sharpener. If you’ve invested in an ergonomic knife set specifically designed for the small hands of children, however, they should be fine.
Creating a Safe Kitchen Environment
A well-sharpened, high-quality knife set can turn a regular kitchen into a stellar, and knife safe one. This allows you to craft up delectable treats for your whole family, that you might not otherwise be able to cook. To ensure that your kitchen stays a stellar one, with proper knife safety, you’ll want to always put safety first. Begin by teaching your children about the various different aspects of a kitchen and the utensils you use. Allow them to learn along with you as you cook. Never allow children to use knives or other dangerous kitchen appliances without adult supervision. Act as a positive role model with the way you handle yourself. Before you know it, you might have the next child Master Chef on your hands and at the least one who knows proper knife safety.
Author: Karoline Gore
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