The kitchen is one of the most dangerous rooms for your baby. Heed these kitchen safety tips:
- Utilize safety gates to keep your baby out of dangerous areas.
- Do not carry your baby while cooking or while holding hot food or liquid.
- Keep pot handles turned toward the back of the stove.
- Using the back burners on the stove is best.
- Keep hot food and liquids out of your baby’s reach.
- Secure drawers and cabinets containing sharps or other dangerous items with safety latches.
Baby Safety Equipment
Keep potentially toxic items (such as cleaning agents, medicines, vitamins, poisons, harmful plants, and other potentially hazardous items) out of child’s reach and utilize locks/latches on cabinet doors for added protection.
- Secure oven, dishwasher, and refrigerator doors with appropriate safety latches.
- Secure any loose cords (electrical and blinds/drapes) to prevent accidental strangulation.
- Keep plastic bags and trash bags in a secure place out of your baby’s reach to prevent suffocation and/or strangulation.
- Make sure table cloths are secured or removed to prevent your child from pulling the table cloth and potentially injuring him/her from falling objects on the table.
- Be sure your baby cannot reach anything that they may pull or touch while in the high chair.
- Make sure the high chair is far enough away from walls, furniture and cabinets so that your child cannot push off and topple the high chair.
- Never leave your baby unattended in the high chair.
- Always utilize safety harnesses while in the high chair.
- Be sure your kitchen has a working fire extinguisher and know how to use it.
There is an endless supply of hot, sharp, electrical or heavy items in your kitchen that could harm your baby. Always be extra vigilant when you have your baby in the kitchen.
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Author : Diba Tillery RN, BSN, IBCLC, CPST
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