Maine Families

Keeping Kids Safe in the Kitchen

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.

Click here to download a fun home safety activity book for your kids.  For more handy safety checklists visit Safe Kids Worldwide.