A fire extinguisher should always be kept in the kitchen. Make sure your teen knows where it is located and how to use it. Watch this FEMA video with your teen to learn what to do if there's a cooking fire.
Teach your teen never to leave food unattended while cooking—even for a second. It's a good rule of thumb to use back burners and turn pot handles toward the back of your stove to avoid burns and spills. Download the Teens in the Kitchen safety sheet.
Keep things that burn, such as dishtowels, curtains, and paper or plastic bags at least three feet away from the stove so they won't catch fire. And don't hang them on the handle of the stove.
Mind the Microwave
Always use hot pads or mitts to remove hot items from the microwave or oven. Don't allow preteens to use a microwave until they're tall enough to reach into it safely and understand that steam can cause burns and scalds.
Table Manners Matter
While your teens may want to eat dinner on the couch or in front of the TV, make sure they eat their food at the table or on a hard surface—never on their lap. It will help avoid painful burns that can be caused by spilling.
If you keep an emergency list front and center on your refrigerator, everyone who needs it can see it clearly. Download this emergency phone numbers worksheet.