Tuesday, September 21, 2010

A safe kitchen

From Focus on the Family

What’s the most dangerous room in your house? For busy toddlers, it’s usually the kitchen. While you’re busy cooking, the best place for a child under the age of three is just outside the kitchen – safe, but within view. Try using safety gates or playpens to keep them away from stoves and kitchen counters.

When you’re not cooking, make sure your kitchen is as childproof as possible. Small appliances, such as toasters, blenders and rice cookers, should be kept a safe distance from the counter’s edge. It’s best to keep them unplugged when you’re not using them.

Make sure you throw away empty cans and bottles and keep a tight lid on the dustbin. You might also start using the back burners of your stove, and turning pan handles inward. For really curious kids, consider installing a stovetop barrier. Safety locks are a must with active toddlers – especially in the kitchen.

And always store cleaning products in a high cabinet.

From TODAY, Voices - Monday, 23-Aug-2010

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