How to Keep Children Safe in the Kitchen
By Jessica Chamberlain
The kitchen is a wonderful place where memories are made for every day dinners and special holiday gatherings but it can also spell disaster for little ones. There are things that you need to consider when you have a little on to keep them extra safe around kitchen dangers.
* Always keep your children away from the area where you are cooking and appliances that become hot when turned on.
* If you have to leave the kitchen to answer the door, the phone, go to the restroom etc make sure you turn everything off and push it away from the edge because little curious children can easily get hurt.
* Always use the back burners on your stove so a child can not reach up and grab or touch a boiling pot of water or skillet.
* Make sure your children are seated away from the stove and sink so you do not trip over them or their toys while you are taking boiling water to the sink to drain.
* Always keep forks, knives and other sharp utensils out of reach on the counter or in a locked drawer or cabinet.
* Avoid tablecloths if you can. Kids can grab the hanging edges and pull items on the table down onto their heads.
* Lock all cabinets and/or drawers that contain cooking oils, spices and most definitely cleaning supplies.
* Have the number for Poison Control posted in case of a poison accident.
* Always make sure that your child is fastened securely into their high chair or booster seat so they do not tumble.
* Never leave your child unattended while they eat because they can easily choke.
* Test any and all foods and drinks that you give your child to make sure that they do not burn the inside of their mouth.All of these things are very easy to do and save can your child from accidents, burns or much worse.