How to be Safe around Knives

Halloween Jack-O-Lantern SeriesWe use knives for a lot of things—cutting our food, carving pumpkins, and even as a tool. But because knives are very sharp, we have to be very careful when we use them to avoid getting cut accidentally.

Keep these tips in mind to be safe around knives:

  • Always ask an adult for permission before using a knife.
  • Never play with a knife—you can trip or drop it accidentally.
  • Always hold a knife by the handle with the blade pointing down to the ground when you’re carrying it to the table or the kitchen sink. Walk, don’t run.
  • Store knives in the dishwasher with the blade pointing down.
  • If you’re carving a pumpkin or helping chop vegetables, make sure your hands are clean and dry so you don’t lose your grip on the handle.

Sometimes it’s best to let an adult use a knife for you. If a parent or guardian gives you permission to use a knife, be very careful and pay attention to what you’re doing to help prevent an accident. As always, let’s stay safe together!