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Kitchen Holiday Hazards {Safety 1st} TIPS

The holidays have arrived which means you’ll be spending a lot of time in your kitchen, and more distracted than usual. It’s important to keep a few safety tips in mind so that you can all enjoy the holiday season safely. Please read these great tips from Julie Vallese, Safety 1st Consumer Safety Expert.

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.

Kitchen SafetyLet’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: 

Hidden Hazards Outside the Home
During the holidays you may be traveling to family or friends homes for parties. Whether you are hosting or you’re a guest at someone’s home, make sure to keep a close eye on your little one.

Children are very curious and young children will put almost anything in their mouth. Foods that may be common to your toddler, like grapes or tomatoes, are often left out on low tables during holiday parties and when not cut they can be a choking hazard for young kids.

Additionally, decorations can also be choking hazards. If you spot a bowl of tiny pinecones or potpourri, ask if you can put those items in a place that would be out of reach of your child. Ask that your host not put lighted candles on a tablecloth or anything else that a child could pull down or knock over.

If you have a baby in an infant car seat make sure he or she is always buckled in – even when not in the car. When surrounded by friends and family you never know who is going to pick up that car seat with a sleeping baby and you do not want to risk your child slipping out.

Remember that with holiday bustle people are always coming and going and doors and safety gates that are usually closed may be left open. Make sure that someone is always watching your child. If someone is playing with your child and you leave the room, make sure they know they are “on duty.”

The holidays are a time for spending with family and friends, not for rushing to the ER. By following these few simple tips you should be able to happily enjoy the holidays.

Deck the Halls…
The holidays are a time for food, family, gifts and decorations! For many families, decorations are the highlight of the holiday season, but there are some important things to consider to keep your children safe when decorating.

Once all of your decorations are up, keep a close eye on children and the decorations themselves. Your child will naturally be fascinated by lights. Before you put the lights up check each set, new or old, for broken sockets, and loose connections. Throw out damaged sets, and always replace burned-out bulbs with the same wattage bulbs.

Sometimes curiosity just gets the best of our little ones. Make sure to keep decorations high and out of reach of small children. I am always surprised how high children can reach when they really want something!

For a long time we had all been told that poinsettias are poisonous. We now know that is not true, but mistletoe berries are. It is best to avoid mistletoe completely with young children around.

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  1. November 26, 2013 at 8:50 pm — Reply

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  2. November 27, 2013 at 3:52 am — Reply

    Thank You for sharing the safety tips, little ones are very curious and we need to keep on top of making our home safe. We have to watch what we put in the older kids stocking, they tend to forget, when they lay something down that is small, you know it is going to end up in a little ones mouth. They sure do like to taste things.

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