The kitchen may be the place where the family nourishment, snacking and brainstorming happens, but a kitchen is also filled with a collection of dangerous appliances, supplies and ingredients. Almost anything in a kitchen can turn harmful, so help deter problems by creating a kitchen safety poster. Dress up the refrigerator or cabinet while educating family members and kitchen visitors.
Turn a kitchen safety poster into a customised listing of emergency contact numbers. Use small graphics to symbolise the police (a shield or badge), hospital (the Red Cross plus sign), fire station (flames) and poison control centre (skull and crossbones), along with lines to write each phone number next to the picture. Digital photos of emergency contact friends and family members are also ideal for adding who to call first during a problem; include the person's name and relation, such as "Betty, Aunt" along with the phone number. Laminate the poster and use write-on/wipe-off markers in case numbers change or create a new poster each time.
Trying to save money by taking home restaurant leftovers for another day is an ideal way to pad the budget, but sometimes those leftovers can sit in the refrigerator too long and become toxic. If your family enjoys fridge food over and over again, design a poster with pictures and time clocks showing just how long foods are recommended to last before they should be discarded. The fresh white shell of an egg may not show signs of decomposition, but sources such as the University of Maine cap their limit at three weeks after purchase. Add pictures of most frequently consumed foods in the household using stock clip art in a software program and include their expiration timelines.
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A digital camera, printer and poster are ideal for educating the youngest family members on kitchen basics. Draw a line down the centre of the poster and write "Good" and "Bad" across the two columns. Take photos of items safe to touch and consume, such as vegetables, bottled water and baked goods, print out and glue the photos to the "good" column. Take photos of dangerous items such as bleach, cleansers, the oven grills and lighters and place them in the "bad" column. Update the poster as new appliances, accessories, cooking supplies and ingredients enter the household.
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