Claire Schrantz

Child Safety: Home Kitchen Checklist

Claire Schrantz
Child Safety: Home Kitchen Checklist

As Thanksgiving approaches, many of us are preparing to host relatives - which means little ones running around and getting into trouble. Make sure this trouble doesn't involve danger on such a food-centric holiday by taking this kitchen child safety checklist into account. For a comprehensive, doctor-approved list, we condensed these items from Kids Health - see the original here.

  • Secure sharp utensils in a childproof drawer
  • Install dishwasher locks so that children can't access dangerous items while it's running
  • Install a stove lock and knob protectors 
  • Move chairs, stepstools and similar items away from the stove 
  • Turn pot and pan handles inward while cooking, on the back burner if possible
  • Store glass objects and appliances with blades out of reach 
  • Childproof the cabinet housing your garbage can 
  • Unplug out-of-use appliances and place cords out of reach
  • Tightly seal medicine bottles and place them out of reach of children
  • Ensure alcohol is only accessible to responsible adults 21+
  • Place plastic bags out of reach (suffocation hazard)
  • Secure all electronics cords out of reach 
  • Remove refrigerator magnets and other possible choking hazards from reach of children
  • Install childproof latches on all cabinet doors
  • Let adults know where the fire extinguisher is and how to use it 
  • Make sure all highchairs in use have safety belts with a strap between the legs

Enjoy hosting your Minnesota get-together!