During the holidays, the kitchen is definitely the heart of the home. Many times children love to be part of the holiday food preparation. Kitchen safety is always important, but especially so with young children in the kitchen. Here are some checkpoints to remember this Christmas while in the kitchen.
- Do not leave the house with the oven on. We know that many times, a turkey or tenderloin takes a long time to cook, but this is not the time to run an errand. Stay put.
- If you are cooking on the stovetop, remain in the kitchen. During these busy times, we forget that someone needs to keep an eye on the food cooking on the stove.
- Keep the kitchen floor clear of toys, pets etc. You do not need a tripping hazard in the way while you’re cooking.
- Make sure children stay at least 3 feet away from a hot stove.
- Make sure children stay away from hot liquids such as soup, gravy, or coffee. Splashing of these liquids can cause serious burns.
- Keeps knives out of reach of children.
- Check to make sure the electric knife or coffee pot cords are not dangling over the counter within each reach of a child.
- Make sure all lit candles are out of the way of a small child. Never leave a child in a room by themselves with a lit candle.
- Check the batteries of your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors as they need to be kept updated.
- Make sure that matches and lighters are out of reach of children.
A way to keep your children safe while cooking for the holidays is to have them entertained while you work in the kitchen. Try to have some planned activities for the kids while you are cooking. With the excitement of Christmas, it is very hard to keep them out of the kitchen if they have nothing else to do.
Burn accidents don’t just happen in the kitchen. Please know that we are here to help with burn accidents in the kitchen or elsewhere. We have experience working with burn victims from:
- chemical explosions or burns
- structure fires, including fires in houses apartment buildings and offices
- hotel or motel fires
- electrical cord fires
- car or truck accidents
- safety violations
- industrial explosions
- workplace accidents
- thermal burns
- fires caused by defective products, including water heaters and furnaces
- hot liquids burns
- defective or negligence in installing burglary and smoke alarms
- wrongful death cases
If you or a loved one have been involved a burn injury, please give us a call. We can help.