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Teach kids to be safe in the kitchen

Blog Post created by Michael Hazell Employee on Jul 22, 2013

by NFPA's Karen Berard-Reed

As a child, I was very shy, quiet, and a model student. I rarely got into trouble.  My parents were confident my older sister and I were responsible enough to be “latch key kids” throughout most of elementary school. 

One day when I was about 8 years old, I decided that I wanted to make some popcorn.  Back then we made popcorn in a pot on the stove by heating oil and waiting for a few test kernels to pop before dumping the rest in. We certainly had rules against cooking on the stove when we were home alone, but my craving took over and I broke the rule this time. No big deal! I had watched my father cook popcorn many times and thought I knew exactly what to do. 

Of course, I didn’t.  I didn’t realize how hot the burner could get.  I didn’t realize oil could catch on fire.  I also didn’t realize I could stop a cooking fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turning off the burner.  Thanks goodness my older sister did. 

Read the entire post by NFPA's Karen Berard-Reed.

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