Keep Kids Safe, Even When You’re Not Around: Kitchen Safety

Using child-proof gates to block access to unsafe or unsupervised rooms is a great way to help keep small children safe. Kids, however, are naturals when it comes to outgrowing things. Shoes, toys, and, yes, even safety gates are all fair game, making it imperative for parents to teach children from an early age how to be safe even when no one’s watching. This series of posts will cover room-by-room safety tips that your child should know and that you can use as a checklist to ensure your home is as safe as possible.

In the kitchen:

1. Avoid yucky germs and cross-contamination: wash those hands! All it takes is a little regular soap, warm water, and about 18 seconds of your time. Make sure to show kids how to lather up well, wash the backs and fronts of both hands, between fingers, and under the tips of fingernails. Rinse under running water and dry with a clean towel.

2. Wash all fruits and vegetables before eating with clean water and, if the skin is thick enough, a vegetable brush.

3. When using a knife, always cut away from your body.

4. Microwave cooking might seem kid-safe as there is no open flame or heating element to be burned by- but don’t be fooled! Microwaved foods can cause serious burns. Stir microwaved foods before checking for a safe temperature and make sure to only use cookware that is approved for microwave. Cover foods with plastic wrap for more even heating with less mess, but be sure to use caution when removing the film; steam burns! Containers can get hot too, so keep potholders handy.

5. Hot liquids, not fire, are the most common cause of burns on children. So use the back burners instead of the front ones whenever possible and always keep pot handles turned away from reaching hands. If you or your child do get burned working in the kitchen:

• Immediately submerse the burned area in cold, running water for at least five minutes. Do not use ice! This can further damage the skin.
• If the burn begins to blister, cover it loosely with sterile gauze. Don’t use fluffy cotton- it can irritate the injured skin.
• If the burn is severe, large, or on sensitive skin such as the face or groin area, seek medical attention as soon as possible. When in doubt, get help.

Stay tuned for more helpful hints in Kitchen Safety- Part 2!

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