Health Tip: Keep a Kid-Friendly Kitchen

For starters, store cleaning products out of reach

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(HealthDay News) -- The kitchen can be a dangerous place for young children.

Since it's impractical for many parents to keep youngsters out of the kitchen all the time, the American Academy of Pediatrics offers these safety suggestions:

  • Store all cleaning products, furniture polish and other chemicals in a high cabinet. If they are kept within a child's reach, such as under the sink, make sure the cabinet is secured with a child-proof lock.
  • Store all sharp utensils and instruments in a locked drawer, and all sharp appliances -- such as food processors -- out of reach.
  • Keep all electrical cords out of a child's reach.
  • Cook with pot handles turned toward the back of the stove, and use care when moving hot liquids.
  • Remove knobs from the stove if possible.
  • Choose an oven with enough insulation that keeps it from getting hot to the touch.
  • Store matches in a high cabinet.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher mounted in a convenient, high place.
  • Don't use small magnets to secure items to the refrigerator; they could pose a choking hazard.


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