I’ve been spending a lot of time in the kitchen this week. Have you? Do you have a little one who may not be aware of the hidden dangers? I’ve teamed up with Safety 1st again this month to bring you some safety tips from Julie Vallese, Safety 1st Consumer Safety Expert. Check ‘em out…
Tips to Avoid Kitchen Holiday Hazards
The kitchen is also one of most dangerous rooms in the house for children.
Let’s start with the stove. The knobs and buttons on the stove are something that for some reason children always gravitate to. You’ll want to make sure you have knob covers for the stove to keep kids from turning the stove on or off when you are cooking. Also, when cooking on the stove try to use the back burners whenever possible to keep flames and hot surfaces as far away from children as you can. And always keep those pot and pan handles turned in.
You also do not want to hang anything on the oven door. A young child may try to use a dishtowel to stand up and it could open the stove door and come crashing onto the child. A stove lock can also help avoid this hazard.
Finally, when you’re cooking you’ll likely be in and out of the fridge, and your toddler might try to do that same. To help avoid this you can use a fridge lock. The lock goes on and makes it difficult for your child to open it, but not difficult for you.
These tools will help make the kitchen safer, but remember nothing can take place of keeping an eye on your child. When spending time with family and friends during the holidays, have someone else take a turn watching your little one in a different room.
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