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The 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
  • 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 Poisonings
  • 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 Choking
  • 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 Falls
  • Keep children securely strapped into highchairs, swings and child safety seats
To Prevent Cuts
  • Store knives and sharp utensils in drawers or cabinets secured with safety latches.

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