Cooking with your children is a valuable way to form a bond that can create memories for a lifetime. But any kitchen presents dangers to little helpers. These tips are good reminders to ensure you and your little ones have an enjoyable experience:
- Secure all knobs and handles.
- Install safety latches on all cabinets and cupboards with contents that could pose risks to children.
- Keep spices out of children’s reach. Many are toxic.
- Keep aluminum foil, waxed paper, and plastic wrap dispensers away from children. The serrated edges on the boxes can cut little fingers.
- All alcohol should be securely stored out of a child’s sight and reach. After a party, make sure to empty all glasses.
- Use back burners whenever possible. Some of the most common accidents occur when a child reaches up and grabs a pot or pan, spilling the hot contents over himself. When it’s necessary to use the front burners, turn all pot handles toward the back so they are not as easy to reach.
- Be careful of opening the door of a hot oven when a child is standing by. He may try to touch the inside of the door, or may get a face full of very hot air.
- Never leave sharp implements including knives out where little hands can grab them.
- Unplug all small appliances when not in use and store them out of the reach.
- Use cord shorteners to take up the slack in appliance cords so that the cords are less likely to dangle.
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