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Kitchen Safety & Hygiene Tips for Kids

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In recent weeks, families have been spending more time at home, including in the kitchen. Preparing food with kids is an activity that not only entertains but also can educate them on the proper health and safety habits in the kitchen. The Silestone Institute has put together an easy health and safety checklist of tips to share with children while working in the kitchen.

So parents…grab your kids, let them read this list and start a great discussion!


  • Put on a short-sleeved shirt and tie up any long hair
  • Wash your hands with warm soapy water for at least 20 seconds before cooking
  • Use a cutting board when cutting fruits and vegetables
  • Dry your hands before turning on or off any switches
  • Turn off appliances once you are finished using them
  • When finished cooking, wash your hands with warm soapy water for at least 20 seconds

General Health and Safety Tips:

  • Walk carefully and be well behaved
  • Don’t use knives without adult supervision
  • Don’t use the same utensils to cut different types of food without having cleaned them before

For example, a knife that is used to cut raw meat should not be used to cut vegetables

  • Don’t use electrical appliances (stoves, microwaves, etc.) without adult supervision
  • Make sure that all handles are faced away from you to avoid accidents
  • Don’t do anything else with your hands while preparing food
  • Clean up spills immediately with a paper towel (avoid the use of kitchen towels or sponges)
  • Throw out any food that has fallen on the floor

Chef Marta Simonet, has put together a quick and easy falafel and hummus bowl that is nutritious and kid-approved. Start with the falafel and hummus bowl for a great kid/parent collaboration. You can work together to learn these simple habits of safety and hygiene practices in the kitchen.

To view other great recipes, click here.

The Silestone Institute is an international platform dedicated to researching and disseminating knowledge about the kitchen space, both domestically and professionally. The Institute is an initiative promoted by the Cosentino Group, a world leader in the production and distribution of cutting-edge innovative surfaces for architecture and design.

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