Officer Phil Says:

  • Make sure you are not Allergic to any ingredient in the recipes.
  • Ask your parents or guardian what you may be allergic to.
  • Always have your parents or guardian supervise you while you cook.
  • Take proper precautions when cooking with raw eggs, poultry, meat and fish.
  • Always dry your hands after washing so your fingers won’t be slippery.
  • Wipe up spills right away so no one slips
  • If you have to use a knife to slice or cut ingredients, always use a cutting board.
  • Ask an adult to lift heavy items and help you pour out hot water from heavy pots – like when you're cooking pasta.
  • Never put foil or metal in the microwave. Use only microwave-safe containers to heat food in the microwave. Ask an adult if you're not sure if it's a safe container.
  • If you have long hair, pull it back to keep it out of your way.
  • Always wash your hands with soap and dry them before touching any food.
  • Never run in the kitchen.
  • Never touch anything electrical with wet hands.
  • Keep handles of pots and pans on the stovetop turned to the side. If they are sticking out at the front, you may knock them over and get hurt.
  • Be extra careful with knives and all cooking equipment.
  • Never use any appliances, knives or cooking equipment without adult supervision.
  • Always use oven gloves or potholders for hot items such as pans, baking trays, opening the oven.
  • Make sure you turn everything off once you have finished.
  • Keep the kitchen and your work area clean and tidy as you go. A mess is distracting.
  • Take care when removing the lid of any container that has been heated. Always lift the cover so that the steam is released as far away from your face and hands as possible.
  • Never put your face near the oven when opening it.
  • Always pay attention and be safe.
  • Always ask an adult for help, if you are not sure what to do.