Health Watch - Thanksgiving: Kitchen Safety

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This week on Health Watch, we’ve been talking about preparing your Thanksgiving meal so that it doesn’t wreck your health. You can plan to reduce fat, calories and salt and to prevent food poisoning. When it comes time to actually prepare the meal, keep safety in mind.

Thanksgiving is a time for family, and letting kids help in the kitchen is a good way to get kids interested in healthy eating, but the kitchen can also be a dangerous place. Dr. Pam Okada, a pediatric emergency specialist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says it only takes a second for a child to be injured, so don’t leave children unattended in the kitchen. Keep dishes and appliances so that children can’t pull on tablecloths, pot handles or power cords and pull hot dishes down on themselves. If you’re letting children help in the kitchen, assign them tasks that don’t involve heat, sharp objects or electrical appliances.

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November 2010


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