With winter’s cold temperatures and snowy weather keeping you and your kids indoors more, it’s important to review these kitchen safety tips with your family.
Here’s a great checklist from Safe Kids:
- Don’t carry or hold a child while cooking on the stove. Instead, move a high chair in the kitchen within reach or sight before you start. Then talk to your children so they know what’s going on. It’s a great way to spend time together.
- With everything going on, we know the water heater is the last thing on your mind. But a small adjustment can give you one less thing to worry about. To prevent accidental scalding, set your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or the manufacturer’s recommended setting.
- Kids love to reach, so to prevent hot food or liquid spills, simply use the back burner of your stove and turn pot handles away from the edge.
- Keep hot foods away from the edge of your counters.
- Make a habit of placing matches, gasoline and lighters in a safe place, out of children’s reach.
- Avoid novelty lighters or lighters that look like toys.
In 2012, more than 136,000 children across the country, including more than 67,000 children 4 and under were injured due to a fire or burn and treated in emergency rooms.