Health Tip: Keep a Kid-Friendly Kitchen05/23/11
(HealthDay News) -- The kitchen can be a dangerous place for
Since it's impractical for many parents to keep youngsters out
of the kitchen all the time, the American Academy of Pediatrics
offers these safety suggestions:
- Store all cleaning products, furniture polish and other
chemicals in a high cabinet. If they are kept within a child's
reach, such as under the sink, make sure the cabinet is secured
with a child-proof lock.
- Store all sharp utensils and instruments in a locked drawer,
and all sharp appliances -- such as food processors -- out of
- Keep all electrical cords out of a child's reach.
- Cook with pot handles turned toward the back of the stove, and
use care when moving hot liquids.
- Remove knobs from the stove if possible.
- Choose an oven with enough insulation that keeps it from
getting hot to the touch.
- Store matches in a high cabinet.
- Keep a fire extinguisher mounted in a convenient, high
- Don't use small magnets to secure items to the refrigerator;
they could pose a choking hazard.
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