KITCHEN SAFETYThe kitchen is a spot where many families gather, but it can be one of the most dangerous places in the home, especially for young children. Here are a few simple steps families can take to stay safe. |
To Prevent Burns
To Prevent Poisonings
- Supervise children when they're in the kitchen.
- Set the water heater thermostat to 120 degrees fahrenheit or less and consider installing anti-scald devices.
- Place hot foods and liquids away from the edges of counters and tables, and never on tablecloths or placemats.
- Keep appliance cords tied up, out of children's reach and unplugged. Place covers over all electrical outlets.
- Use back burners and turn pot handles to the back of the stove when cooking.
- Install guards on stove knobs.
- Never hold children and hot foods or liquids at the same time.
- Never let children remove hot foods or liquids from the microwave.
- Keep a fire extinguisher handy.
- Wear close fitting clothing while cooking.
To Prevent Choking
- Lock all detergents, household products, pet supplies, medicines and vitamins out of children's reach.
- List poison control center and emergency numbers near telephones.
To Prevent Falls
- Keep round, hard foods like grapes, popcorn, raw carrots, hard candies, nuts and raisins away from children ages 4 and under.
- Keep small items such as safety pins, coins, buttons and tacks out of children's reach.
- Learn CPR and First Aid.
To Prevent Cuts
- Keep children securely strapped into highchairs, swings and child safety seats
- Store knives and sharp utensils in drawers or cabinets secured with safety latches.