Safety tips: Preventing burns and scalds
The kitchen can be an interesting treasure trove for kids -- cupboards to explore, knobs to turn, sweet smells to inquire about -- but it's a danger zone that contributes to millions of accidents and deaths worldwide every year.
It's important that as parents you ensure that children are safe if and when they venture into this area.
Here are a few simple steps to keep your little chef safe from potential burns, as outlined by Safe Kids Worldwide, a global non-profit organisation dedicated to preventing childhood injury.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Keep appliance cords out of children's reach, especially if the appliances produce a lot of heat.
5. Cover electrical outlets so that children are unable to insert metal objects, such as forks or keys.
6. Slowly open containers that have been in the microwave, as steam can burn little fingers and faces.
7. Don't allow children to use a microwave by themselves until they are both tall enough to reach it safely and able to understand that steam can cause burns.