Kitchen Safety & Sanitation

Nutrition & Wellness 2B

Nicole Adams & Cameron Green


  • Keep the floor clear of clutter
  • Wipe up spills right away,
  • Make sure rugs are non-slip
  • Use a stepstool or ladder to reach high up items


  • Choking - cut food into small bites
  • If someone is choking, use the heimlich maneuver
  • Use cardiopulmonary resuscitation for someone who has stopped breathing


  • If skin gets cut, clean out the wound immediately and cover it
  • if glass breaks, clean up using a broom and dustpan and clean up small pieces with a wet rag
  • Store knives in a divided drawer
  • Pick knives up by the handle
  • Don't put dirty knives in a sink full of dishwater
  • Put your knuckles out when cutting foods, not fingertips
  • Don't try to catch a sharp object as it is falling


  • Avoid burns by using oven mitts (not wet) and avoid touching hot materials
  • Arrange oven racks before turning on the oven
  • Stand to one side when opening a hot oven
  • Turn off the oven right after use
  • Clean up spills in the oven after it has cooled
  • Use cookware that is in good condition
  • Lift the lid of hot materials away from yourself so that the steam doesn't hit you
  • Keep flammable items away from any heat source
  • If you smell gas, check to ensure the pilot light hasn't gone out. If pilot lights are still on, immediately turn off the stove, open windows for ventilation and evacuate.
  • If a fire starts, turn off the burner, unplug the cord, turn off the oven, smother the fire with a lid, stop drop and roll, use a fire extinguisher.


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Foodborne Illnesses

  • Any illness that stems from food
  • caused by microorganisms - bacteria like moisture and warmth
  • Cross contamination - the process by which bacteria or other microorganisms are unintentionally transferred from one substance or object to another with a harmful effect
  • Prevent foodborne illness by keeping safe food practices, a clean kitchen, avoid cross contamination, cook food thoroughly and refrigerate food promptly
  • How to properly thaw food - use a microwave, place food in a plastic bag in a sink filled with cold water, or put the frozen food into the fridge

Personal Hygiene & Hand Washing

  • Keep yourself clean - wash hands often, shower, wear clean clothes, don't touch hair/face etc.
  • When washing hands, use the 20 second scrub rule
  • When cooking, sneeze and cough away from the food, pull back long hair, wear short sleeves, cover wounds with gloves and remove dangling jewelry

Food Preparation & Storage

  • Food preparation - cook food thoroughly and avoid cross contamination
  • Food should be refrigerated promptly after done eating
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