Food Safety

If you're going to cook, do it right!

Preventing Kitchen Accidents

  • Prevent cuts by keeping the area clear of knives sharp objects
  • If a knife falls, back away and do not try to grab it as it is falling
  • Always clean up any excess liquids
  • Running in the kitchen is not safe
  • When taking something out of the oven, use oven mitts
  • Make sure all appliances are off after use
  • Be aware of loose clothing and hair while in the kitchen
  • Never leave food that may be cooking unattended
  • To avoid getting electrocuted dry hands before handling any electrical equipment
  • If the cord is not intact, do not use the appliance
  • Do not mix household chemicals with food
  • Read directions and warnings before using any chemical or cleaning product

What to do in an Emergency

Pan Fire

  1. Put baking soda or a pot lid over the fire
  2. Turn off the element
  3. Tell an adult
  4. If fire escalates, call 911
Oven Fire

  1. Leave the door closed
  2. Turn off oven
  3. Let fire burn out
  4. Tell an adult

  1. Run the cut under running water
  2. Wash with mild soap
  3. Stop the bleeding immediately using a paper towel
  4. Cover cut with bandage or gauze with tape

  1. Run the affected area under cold water
  2. Sterilize the area
  3. Cover with a cool cloth
  4. Do not touch the blister

All About Food Borne Illnesses

What is a food borne illness?

It is a sickness resulting from eating food that was not safe to eat.

Common food borne illnesses (FBI's):

  • Salmonella
  • Listeria Monocytogenes (Listeria)
  • E. Coli 1057 :H7 (Ecoli)
  • Clostridium Botulinum (Botulism)
  • Campylobacter Jejuni (Campylobacter)

  • Raw and under cooked foods such as chicken, beef, fish and eggs
  • Fresh produce
  • Unpasturized dairy products
  • Cross contamination
  • Unclean water
  • Improperly cooked canned foods
  • Sliced deli meats
Common Symptoms

  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Stomach pains
  • Vomiting
  • Slurred speech
  • Muscle aches



Danger Zone:

The "Danger Zone" is temperatures between 4-60 degrees Celsius (40-140 degrees Fahrenheit). Bacteria growth will double its numbers every half hour which can lead to Food Borne Illnesses.

Preventing Food Borne Illnesses(FBIs)

Think about how many objects you've touched throughout the day and then think about how many foods you've made contact with. Do you remember washing your hands before and after you touched those foods? If you do, did you use the right technique? Washing your hands improperly is the main cause of contamination to your food which could lead to FBIs. Here are the steps to washing your hands properly:

  1. Wet hands with water
  2. Put soap on your hands
  3. Rub thoroughly especially in-between/tips of fingers and around thumb
  4. Rinse hands under warm water
  5. Dry thoroughly with a single use towel
  6. Use towel to turn off tap
Although, washing hands improperly is a main cause there are many other ways to prevent FBIs. Here are a few:

  1. Keeping you and your area clean
  2. Rinse foods properly
  3. Keep any raw juices/foods away from cooked foods
  4. Separate your foods
  5. Use different cutting boards
  6. Use food thermometer
  7. Refrigerate foods ASAP
  8. Keep fridge at constant temperature
  9. Never defrost foods at room temperature

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