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Can you use the stove and oven? 5 safety rules to follow


Know your appliances
Did you know that there are many types of kitchen stoves? Every stove is different and you need to learn how your own stovetop works. Ask a grown-up which elements you can use and how to adjust the temperature from low to high. Want to use the oven? Get to know the basics like how to set the temperature and oven timer.

Keep an eye on the food
Pots and pans can heat up fast, so keep your eye on what’s cooking so it doesn’t burn or boil over.

Protect your hands
Always use oven mitts or potholders when handling hot pots, pans and baking trays so you don’t burn yourself.

Keep the space clean and tidy
Wipe up any spills on the stovetop before turning on any elements — spills left un-wiped might burn! Make sure there aren’t any extra items, like dish towels or paper towels, near a hot stove. There’s always a chance they could get heated and catch on fire.

Be careful opening the oven door
The oven door traps in the heat and can get very, very hot. When opening the oven door, it’s best to stand back so that the hot air escaping from inside does not hurt your face.

Remember to ask an adult if you’re ever unsure of anything in the kitchen. The more you know, the more fun cooking will be!

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