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Updated 03 April 2013

Childproof your kitchen

Adhere to the following guidelines to keep your kitchen safe from curious kids, and to prevent possible injury to them.

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The kitchen is a central part of any home, but it can be a potentially dangerous room, especially for children. Adhere to the following guidelines to keep your kitchen safe from curious kids, and to prevent possible injury to them.

Take action:

Lock all potentially poisonous substances out of reach and out of sight of your child; keep kettles and similar appliances (including cords) far back on working surfaces, so that they cannot be pulled down; store the blades of food processors and similar devices separately and out of reach; pack the iron out of reach after use - even if it has cooled down, a child can be hurt if the iron falls on top of him; store plastic bags out of reach, and teach children never to put bags over their heads; certain items stored in a fridge can be dangerous to children (e.g. alcohol, medicine), so lock your fridge; always use the back plates on a stove and turn pan handles away from the front of the stove.

Read the comprehensive guide to childproofing your kitchen here.

 
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