Childproof your kitchen
Heat, water and sharp stuff. Be aware of your child in the kitchen
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  • Keep kettles, toasters and irons (including cords) far back on working surfaces so that they cannot be pulled down.
  • Supervise children when the washing machine is in use.
  • Keep your child at a safe distance while you cook.
  • Always use the back rings on the stove and turn pan handles away from the front of the stove.
  • Keep young children away from the front of ovens or better still put up a protective barrier or grid in front of the stove.
  • Don't open the oven door when children are close by.
  • Always keep a fire extinguisher in your kitchen.
  • Lock all potentially poisonous substances out of reach and out of sight of your child.
  • Buy cleaning products with childproof packaging.
  • Never store non-food products in empty food containers (eg paraffin in a cooldrink bottle).
  • Install child locks on low cupboards and drawers.
  • Always store breakable items on the highest shelf.
  • Pack knives and forks upside down in the cutlery tray of the dishwasher. Always keep the door closed – even when not in use. Pack glasses and other breakable crockery away immediately.

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