- If children are helping prep, sit at a table rather than chance a fall by having them stand on a chair or stool.
- Do not allow children to crawl on counters or stoves when you aren't cooking. This way they won't feel comfortable doing so when the areas pose hazards.
- Keep knives out of reach.
- Use the rear burners when possible.
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- Turn pot and pan handles in.
- Instruct tots to keep their fingers to themselves and not to hover when a parent is operating a hand mixer.
- Make sure the floor is spill free before you transport pots of pasta and other boiling items to the sink.
- Be mindful of lil ones shuffling behind when you open the oven door to remove piping hot casseroles.
- Use age-appropriate utensils for different tasks. If you have a toddler in charge of snipping basil, have him tear the leaves with his hands rather than using a knife. If a preschooler is doing the job, allow her to use child-safe scissors, etc.
- After washing the dishes with hot water, run the cold tap so your lil ones don't get burned if they decide to rinse their hands.
- Keep the dishwasher locked.