Emeril's Top Tips for Staying Safe in the Kitchen

  • When moving heavy pots filled with hot liquids or when lifting heavy roasting pans out of the oven, you need to be smart. If you're sure you can do it, use pot holders and be really careful. If you even think for a minute that the pot or pan is too heavy for you, don't try to do it yourself. Ask an adult to help you!
  • Remember to always uncover a hot pot so that the side of the lid farthest away from you tilts up first. This way the steam will be as far away from you as possible. Steam burns can really hurt! The same thing goes for draining a pot that is full of hot liquid -- always pour out, away from you, so that the liquid and steam do not burn your hands or your face.
  • If you do happen to burn or cut yourself, or in case of a fire, call an adult immediately!


  • Kitchen tools are just like any other tools -- you have to know how to use them the right way. This is for your safety and also to help you take care of your tools. If you're not familiar with the right way to hold and use knives or other equipment, ask your mom or dad or the supervising adult to show you, or check out our techniques section (pages 18-28) for the right ways to use most kitchen equipment.
  • When learning how to work in the kitchen, be patient. It's better to practice any technique slowly -- particularly chopping, slicing, or mincing. That way you can be precise and safe. You will be surprised to see that with just a little practice, you'll become good at it in no time.
  • Watch out using graters -- they're as sharp as knives! It's real easy to scrape fingers and knuckles when you're not paying attention.
  • You have to be really careful when using electrical appliances such as the toaster, microwave oven, toaster oven, blenders, and mixers. These are powerful tools that should be used with caution. Here are some quick tips to follow at all times:
  1. Always be sure your hands are dry when you plug something in.
  2. Never, ever put your hands or fingers inside any electrical appliance when it's on.
  3. Remember to pull your hair back and not wear dangling jewelry.
  4. Hey, make sure the lid on your blender is on tight -- if it's not, your food will go all over the kitchen instead of inside your mouth.
  5. Always turn your mixer off before scraping down the sides of the bowl or adding ingredients. If a spoon or spatula gets caught in the turning beaters, you'll ruin the mixer and maybe hurt yourself, too.
  6. When you turn the mixer back on after adding ingredients, start on the slowest speed. That way, your ingredients won't splash all over you.
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