With the holidays in full swing and so much focus on entertaining, a lot of time is spent in the kitchen. From all day cooking baking to holiday parties, the kitchen really is the heart of the home. The kitchen can also be a hectic area with lots of dangers both obvious and hidden. It is so easy to turn your back for just a second with your child in the room. That is why it is important to safeguard against these kitchen hazards.
As part of the Safety 1st Ambassador program, I’m happy to share that Julie Vallese, Safety 1st Consumer Safety Expert offers up these tips to help you keep the kitchen as safe as possible for your little ones.
Kitchen Holiday Hazards
The holidays have arrived which means your kitchen will most likely be very busy! However, the kitchen is also one of most dangerous rooms in the house for children.
- Let’s start with the stove. The knobs and buttons on the stove are something that for some reason children always gravitate to. You’ll want to make sure you have knob covers for the stove to keep kids from turning the stove on or off when you are cooking. Also, when cooking on the stove try to use the back burners whenever possible to keep flames and hot surfaces as far away from children as you can. And always keep those pot and pan handles turned in.
- You also do not want to hang anything on the oven door. A young child may try to use a dishtowel to stand up and it could open the stove door and come crashing onto the child. A stove lock can also help avoid this hazard.
- Finally, when you’re cooking you’ll likely be in and out of the fridge, and your toddler might try to do that same. To help avoid this you can use a fridge lock. The lock goes on and makes it difficult for your child to open it, but not difficult for you.
These tools will help make the kitchen safer, but remember nothing can take place of keeping an eye on your child. When spending time with family and friends during the holidays, have someone else take a turn watching your little one in a different room.
Here is a video to learn more:
I’ll admit that I’ve always hung my towels on the oven door, unless I’m using the lower oven. (They get in the way otherwise.) I never really thought much of it and will need to find a new spot for our towels. But because I have a double oven, I want to stress the importance of being extra careful with the lower oven. Because this is at exactly my son’s level, it would be rather easy for him to open the oven door or stick his fingers in between the ovens and get burned. To this point, I’ve been simple extra diligent to teach him that is hot and a no-no. I also watch him very closely when it is on. But that really isn’t enough to ensure his safety. Definitely time to add an oven lock!
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Disclosure: I have been compensated through the Safety 1st Ambassador Blogging Program which also included samples. Information shared has been provided by Safety 1st. My thoughts are my own.