The kitchen is one of the most dangerous places in your house for infants and children.
The CPR Instructor’s Network would like to offer these important kitchen safety tips.
· Use rear stove elements as much as possible - keeping hot pots as far from your child's reach as possible.
· Keep stools, chairs away from the stove.
· Keep electrical cords from kitchen appliances tied up and placed as far away as possible from your child's reach.
· Keep cleaning chemicals, medications (this includes vitamins and mineral supplements) in a secured cupboard well away from child's access.
· Plastic bags are abundant in any kitchen; they are a choking and suffocating hazard to your child.
· Use childproof door latches on all kitchen cupboard doors and place protective covers on all electrical outlets.
· To avoid painful burns, set water tank temperature at no more than 49 degrees Celsius (120 Fahrenheit).
· Always use the safety harness/belt that comes with your highchair. Refer to the user guide for proper setup and usage. Watch out for those tiny fingers when adjusting the highchair's tray.
· Make sure that all foods are not too hot, and are small enough to prevent choking.
· Teach your child that the stove is a "hot spot".
· Keep knives away from your children’s reach.
· Avoid using tablecloths - children love to pull on them (thus causing items on the table to fall off).
The CPR Instructor’s Network encourages parents, grandparents, guardians and caregivers to take a CPR and first aid course - the life you save could be someone you know!