How Safe Is Your Kitchen?
Anyone who is responsible for a child’s safety – including parents, grandparents, babysitters and older siblings – must have a basic understanding of the fire and burn risks in the kitchen. Keep children at a safe distance from hot liquids. A drink heated to 140˚ F can cause a burn in 5 seconds. At 160˚ F, a burn will occur in 1 second. A child’s quick movement could spill hot fluid and cause a serious burn.
When toddlers are in the home, avoid using a tablecloth. If a child tries to pull himself up by the tablecloth, a heavy object or hot liquid on the table could fall on the child.
Keep all hot items near the center of the table to prevent a young child from reaching them.
While cooking, keep young children in a high chair or playpen, at a safe distance from hot surfaces, hot liquids and other kitchen hazards.
Use extra caution if you use deep fat (oil) cookers/fryers when young children are present. The fat or oil may reach temperatures over 400˚ F, hot enough to instantly cause a very serious burn.
Install Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter receptacles near sinks and other wet areas.
Keep appliance cords away from the edge of counters, and keep them unplugged and disconnected when not in use. A dangling cord is dangerous because it can get caught in a cabinet door or be pulled by a curious child.
Stay in the kitchen, don’t leave cooking food unattended.
Do not become distracted while cooking.
Regularly clean your cooking equipment so that there are no cooking materials, food items or grease accumulation.
Have a pot lid handy to smother a pan fire. Do not attempt to pick up the pot or pan. Shut off the heat and cover the fire with a lid. Do not use water. It will cause splashing and spread the fire.
For more information on burn prevention and awareness visit the Shriner’s Hospital for Children website.