For children, the kitchen is a compelling place; adults moving around, pulling colourful
items from the fridge and cupboards. Things are going on out of a toddler’s sight on
counters and stoves, and they want to see and be able to participate.
Here are some tips to help make your kitchen a safe space so little ones can help out.
- When cooking, all pot handles should be turned inward so your child can’t reach them. Use back burners whenever possible. Stove knobs that are within your child’s reach should be child proofed with stove knob covers. Appliances that continually catch the baby’s attention (i.e. the oven) can be latched shut with appliance latches that are easily opened by adults.
- Microwave burns are typically caused by spilling hot liquids or food. Keep hot foods and liquids away from young children.
- Install latches on all drawers and cabinets accessible to your child, which contain potentially harmful items. Keep glassware, knives, appliance cords, placemats and tablecloths out of reach and away from the edge of counters and tables.
- Poisons or toxic materials should be locked up or placed high out of baby’s reach. Wash out cleaning product containers before putting them in the trash — just a drop of cleaning fluid can cause serious harm to a baby.
- Plastic wrap, dry cleaning plastic bags, shopping and garbage bags should be kept from your child, due to the possibility of suffocation and/or choking.
- Be mindful of small appliances. Keep toasters, coffee makers, phones, and microwave cords out of reach. Your child can easily pull the cords and be injured by the appliances falling on them.
- A fire extinguisher should always be kept in the kitchen.