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Title: Kitchen Safety

Kitchen Safety Sanitation
  • Orwhat You Dont Know CAN Hurt You!

Mrs. Bowler Family and Consumer Sciences
Unit Objectives
  • Learn why it is important to work in a clean and
    safe kitchen.
  • Know how to prevent food-borne illnesses.
  • Recognize and identify potential safety problems
    found in the kitchen.
  • Use good safety and sanitation practices in food

  • Every day we assume that the food we eat is safe.
    However, unless everyone who has handled the
    food has used good sanitation practices this may
    not be the case. SANITATION is the process of
    handling food in ways that are clean and healthy.
  • No one likes to cut a finger on a knife, get
    burned or slip and fall. Most of us, however,
    have had one or more of these accidents. SAFETY
    in the kitchen means using precautionary methods
    in the kitchen to prevent an accident. Most
    accidents in the kitchen are due to carelessness.

SAFETY first. How much do you already know about
kitchen safety? For each question below, decide
whether the practice is safe or unsafe.
1. Use a towel or your apron to remove a pan
from the oven. 2. Pour salt or baking soda
over the flames of a grease fire. 3. Wipe up
spills on the floor right away. 4. Pour water
on a grease fire. 5. Tie back long hair. 6.
Climb up on the counter to get items from the top
shelf. 7. Use electric appliances with wet
hands. 8. Wearing loose clothing while working
in the kitchen. 9. Cut away from your body
when using a sharp knife. 10. Keep cabinet
doors open so everything is in easy reach.
Lets Review.
  • Ways to prevent burns and fires.
  • Use dry pot holders when handling hot items.
  • Do not leave pot holders near a hot burner.
  • Turn handles of pans so they dont stick out over
    the edge of the range or over other burners.
  • Always lift the lids of saucepans away from you
    so the steam will not burn you.
  • Do not reach across hot burners or lit gas
  • Keep a fire extinguisher in or near the kitchen
    and know how to use it!
  • If you have a grease fire, immediately put the
    lid on the pan. If this doesnt work, smother
    the fire with salt, baking soda, sand or a fire
  • When you have finished cooking, make sure all
    oven and range buttons or dials are turned off.

Lets Review.
  • How to avoid falls.
  • Wipe up spills immediately.
  • Pick up toys and other objects from the middle of
    the floor or from any traffic area.
  • Use a sturdy step stool or ladder to reach high
  • Be sure all floor mats and rugs have nonskid
  • Keep pets out of the kitchen while youre

Lets Review.
  • How to prevent cuts.
  • Always pick up a knife by its handle.
  • Always slice, chop, cut or dice foods on a
    cutting board.
  • Wash sharp knives separately. Do not simply drop
    knives into the dishwater.
  • Always cut food with the blade of the knife down
    and slanting away from you.
  • Never put your fingers near the moving parts of
    an electric mixer, food processor, blender or
    garbage disposal.
  • Be careful when you discard broken glass. Do not
    pick up pieces with your bare hands. Sweep the
    larger pieces into a dustpan. Use a wet paper
    towel to pick up smaller pieces.

Now for SANITATION. How much do you already know
about staying sanitary in the kitchen? Lets
test your knowledge. Read the story SCHOOL
DANCE DISASTER on the next slides. Every time
you come to an underlined phrase you will need to
make a decision. Is this situation SANITARY or
UNSANITARY? Once you have decided on your
answer, click on the link to see if you are
SCHOOL DANCE DISASTER Justin, a 12 year old
middle school student, volunteered to help
prepare food for the big 8th grade dance. He had
just moved to this area, but never had a food
class before. All the guys in his neighborhood
were busy cooking because they learned so much
from their foods teacher in school and Justin
wanted to be part of the fun. The first item to
prepare was egg salad sandwiches. As Justin put
the eggs in the water to boil, he filled the pot
a little too full and it spilled by the time all
the eggs were put in it. He grabbed the towel he
used for drying dishes and immediately wiped up
the spill on the floor. While the eggs were
cooling, Justin began the chicken salad. The
chicken had thawed on the counter since last
night, so it was ready to be boiled. He thought
it smelled odd, but decided to use it anyway
since he didnt have time to wait for more
chicken to thaw. The boiling water would
certainly kill any germs, he thought. Justin was
dressed in a long baggy shirt. As he tried to
fix his sleeves one more time, his cat, G-Unit,
jumped onto the counter looking for attention.
The family adores G-Unit and always lets him sit
wherever he wants. Justin went back to cooking
while G-Unit kept his eye on the chicken salad.
Finally he finished and packed it into a box
sitting on the table along with some sandwiches
which were already packed.
The last item to be made was the fruit salad.
Justin grabbed some cans of peaches, fruit
cocktail and pineapple chunks. One can was
dented but Justin thought it was fine. The can
wasnt leaking so it must be OK to use. He added
the other fresh fruit and stirred it with a
wooden spoon. It looked so good he just had to
taste it, and he licked the wooden spoon. Justin
thought he should add some cinnamon, so he
sprinkled it on the salad and stirred it again
with the same wooden spoon. Now all the food was
ready and it was time to change closes and get
his mother to take him to the dance. At the dance
Justin was happy to see all the food he prepared
disappeared quickly. Everyone had a great time,
but as people started leaving they were getting
stomach cramps..
After completing the story, click HERE to
continue learning about Sanitation.
OH NO! Justin should NEVER use the dish towel to
wipe up the floor!! If he forgets to put it into
the laundry right away, he could spread germs
from the dirty floor to clean dishes!
A better and more sanitary solution would be to
use a mop to clean up the spill on the floor.
Click HERE to return to the story.
OH NO! Allowing meat to thaw on the counter can
allow bacteria to grow and multiply in your food.
A better and more sanitary solution would be to
thaw meat, fish and poultry in the refrigerator.
Keep HOT foods HOT and COLD foods COLD! Click
HERE to return to the story.
OH NO! JUSTIN!!! Believe your nose! Food that
smells spoiled is probably not safe to use!
Although boiling water might indeed kill any
germs, no amount of boiling can return SPOILED
food to a condition that is safe to eat. Click
HERE to return to the story.
OH NO! JUSTIN!!! Keep pets off kitchen
counters and tables. They can spread germs.even
Click HERE to return to the story.
OH NO! Salmonella can grow in cans that are
dented or bulging. NEVER NEVER use foods from
dented cans.
Click HERE to return to the story.
OH NO! Justins mouth can be a home to millions
of bacteria. Never lick a spoon or taste from a
spoon and then put that spoon back into the food.
Use a clean spoon for every taste. Never put
a spoon thats been in your mouth back into the
food you are cooking! Click HERE to return to the
  • Time to learn how to FIGHT BAC!

Right now, there may be an invisible enemy ready
to strike. He's called BAC (bacteria) and he can
make people sick. In fact, even though we can't
see BAC - or smell him, or feel him - he and
millions more like him may already be invading
food products, kitchen surfaces, knives and other
utensils. But we have the power to Fight BAC! and
to keep food safe from harmful bacteria. It's as
easy as following these four simple steps
CLEAN Wash hands and surfaces often. SEPARATE
Dont cross contaminate COOK To proper
temperatures CHILL Refrigerate promptly.
ASSIGNMENT Research the four steps to FIGHT
BAC! at this website. When you have completed
your research, write a newspaper article to be
submitted to the school newsletter. This article
should inform our students about what the 4 steps
are, why they are important, and what everyone at
school can do to make sure they FIGHT BAC! and
keep food safe from bacteria.
SUMMARY Basic rules of kitchen sanitation
include practicing good personal hygiene, keeping
the kitchen sanitary and preparing and storing
food properly. By following the guidelines we
have just learned, you can feel more confident
that the food prepared in your kitchen is safe to
eat. Safety is an important part of our everyday
lives. By taking the necessary precautions, you
can reduce or eliminate burns, fires, falls,
cuts, electrical shocks, and poisonings in your
kitchen. Put safety first!