The sense of security that we attribute to the kitchen can be
shattered in an instant by the tragedy of an accident. To
maintain its cozy image, we must make the kitchen a safe and
secure place to be.
Some experts in child safety have been quoted
as saying, "Keep children out of the kitchen."
Somehow, the combination of kitchen and children is, at
times, inevitable. Ken George, founder of Safety for
Toddlers, has two children of his own. We cannot protect our
children from everything, even though we would like to think
we can or should. Children will experience, and must
experience certain things, but at the same time be taught
these learning experiences. As an example, we suggest leaving
a lower drawer or cupboard in the kitchen as a learning place
for a small infant. Fill that drawer or cupboard with
Tupperware. Let your child take these items from that space
and, at the same time, teach the child to put those items
back into that space when he or she is finished playing with
them. You have provided space for your child to have as its
own and created a learning tool for behavioral development.
MAKE YOUR KITCHEN SAFER BY ELIMINATING
TEMPTIONS AND DANGERS.
LOWER CABINETS AND DRAWERS:
Start by removing all hazardous products from
the cabinet under the sink. To keep your child from
unauthorized access to the remaining objects, secure a safety
latch to the cabinet. Place all cleaning agents, which can
provide a poison and chemical burn hazard, in a cabinet out
of sight and out of reach. Provide a latched cabinet in your
upper pantry above the sink, or in an out of reach area, for
small infants, that can safely store cleaning products and
other hazardous items.
If you keep liquor in a lower cabinet, lift
those spirits immediately to an inaccessible, securely
latched cabinet. A child who ingests even a small amount of
alcohol could get very drunk and could potentially fall into
a coma. Do not display liquor or fancy liquor decanters in
open areas made available to curious children.
Safety for Toddlers also recommends placing
safety latches onto your upper, above counter, cupboards and
cabinets. Before you know it, that child that was crawling is
now walking. Soon the child learns to move that kitchen chair
to the counter, crawl up onto the counter, and is now into
those upper cabinets. His curiosity has risen above the
counter - be prepared.
Get down on your hands and knees and look up.
You are now viewing your kitchen from a new vantage point -
your child's. Cords should not dangle from the counter-top. A
curious child could pull on that cord and bring a heavy
appliance onto his head or body. Appliances should be stored
away from the edge of countertops with their cords wrapped
and unplugged. If possible, small appliances should be stored
in an enclosed pantry or cabinet when not in use.
A toddler may very well exhibit his first
formidable display of strength by pulling open the
refrigerator door. Refrigerators often contain breakable
bottles or medicines. Safety for Toddlers recommends a
When using the stove, use the back burners
whenever possible and keep pot handles turned toward the
inside of the stove.
Keep the dishwasher door latched to avoid
having it come crashing down onto your child. And remember to
keep utensils pointing downward to avoid cuts. The
dishwashing detergent should be poured right before you're
ready to use the dishwasher. A swallow full of detergent is a
If your kitchen has a trash compactor, keep
it latched. If it is key operated, keep the key out of reach
from your child.
A fire extinguisher is a great tool for the
kitchen. It should be located prominently near an exit.
"They should never be wall papered." A wallpapered
fire extinguisher would be difficult to locate in a moment of
EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBERS:
Emergency telephone numbers should be placed
on or nearby each telephone. Those numbers include the fire
department, police department, poison control center,
hospital, family doctor and ambulance service.
TODAY FOR YOUR IN-HOME EVALUATION
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