1) Wash your hands. The first step when cooking is to always wash your hands.

2) Dress safely. Avoid clothes with loose sleeves or hoods with strings and always pull back long hair.

3) Teach the basics. Keep pot handles pointed to the center of the stove, open lids to boiling pots away from you, and never pour cold water in a hot pan.

4) Supervise. Never leave a child unattended when cooking in the kitchen.

5) Be prepared. Keep safety items like a first aid kit and a fire extinguisher handy.

There are so many reasons to get your kids cooking. When kids cook, it boosts their self-esteem. They learn real lessons in math, science, and creativity. And, it creates a great opportunity for family bonding. So, grab your kids and get cooking!