Think you know your kitchen hazards?
Continue reading to find out more!
Do you know the dangers that lurk in every corner of your home? Research* suggests that more than 1 million children under 15 are treated by A&E each year following an injury in or around the home.
With so many hazards, particularly in the kitchen, it’s important to help raise awareness and encourage others to make their homes a safe, child-friendly environment. That’s why we’ve created this tool - to see how safety conscious YOU are.
Fact: Even a small amount of liquid can make a kitchen floor really slippery!
Tip: Rainwater from outside, leaks, spillages and splashes from washing up should all be cleared up right away.
Open oven door
Fact: An oven door poses many threats to a child in the kitchen. When open, an oven door may look like a fun object to climb on (and fall off!) and can be hot.
Tip: Get into the habit of closing the oven door straight away and teach your children that the door might be hot and not to touch.
Storing bleach/cleaning products in lower cupboards
Fact: Easy-to-reach cleaning products contributed to 354 recorded deaths from injury and poisoning in 2010*.
Tip: You can stop naturally curious children from innocently consuming things like bleach by keeping these products in high or locked cupboards.
Pan handle hanging over the side of the worktop
Fact: As well as the danger of an unattended pan catching fire, there is also the danger of a small child accidentally or intentionally catching the pan handle and pulling it down, boiling contents and all.
Tip: Try to use the back hobs on the cooker and always turn pan handles to the side.
Knives on the worktop within reach of children
Fact: Worktops are well within the reach of children, meaning that any knives or sharp objects left near the edge of them are too.
Tip: To avoid a child knocking or pulling one off and causing injury to themselves or someone else, keep them out of reach at all times.
Iron left unattended
Fact: Burns and scalds are one of the most common reasons for emergency treatment in the UK. Around nine children are rushed to hospital with burns and scalds every day.
Tip: When you've finished using hot appliances like irons and hair straighteners, keep them well out of reach of children until they have cooled down properly.
Medicine and first aid kit easily accessible
Fact: Children can very easily mistake medication for sweets. In fact, each year in the European region 3,000 young children aged 0 - 14 die of acute poisoning.**
Tip: Always keep medicine cabinets locked or well out of reach.
Dishcloth/towel left near the hob
Fact: It takes just seconds for a dishcloth or tea towel placed near a hob or naked flame to catch fire.
Tip: Always double check your hob it turned off after use, and don't forget to place tea towels well out of the way!
Sharp objects, such as tin lids
Fact: Used tins have very sharp edges that can leave nasty cuts and even more serious injuries on delicate young hands (as well as adults).
Tip: Objects such as these should always be kept out of reach of children, preferably placed in a bin with a secure lid to stop children from reaching in.
Over-crowded plug sockets near water
Fact: Over-crowded plug sockets are prone to electrical faults and are a major fire hazard. When placed near water they become even more dangerous.
Tip: Avoid things like large socket adapters and lingering spillages.
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