Safety: Kitchen safety checklist

Have you installed safety gates to keep infants and toddlers out of the cooking area?

Do you always monitor cooking food? Carelessness during cooking is the number one cause of house fires.

Is a fire extinguisher located near your stove and do you know how to use it? Ten feet away is ideal.

Have you taught your toddler to understand "Hot -- Don't touch!"?

Do you automatically use the back burner farthest from your children's reach?

Are you careful to avoid having cookware handles facing outward where small children can grab them?

To prevent a curious child from a climbing accident, have you removed all snacks from shelves above the stove?

Do you remove all toys from the kitchen floor before cooking?

Do you automatically put dirty dishes in the sink to prevent toddlers from pulling them off countertops?

Are you always careful to place hot drinks out of a toddler's reach?

Do you keep a pan top accessible to smother grease fires?

Do you keep baking soda handy to extinguish food fires? Never throw water on a grease fire!

Are you careful to keep accumulated grease from building up?

If a fire starts in the oven, do you turn it off and keep the door shut?

Do you make sure nothing combustible is near the stovetop?

Do you always wear appropriate, close-fitting clothes and keep hair pulled back when cooking near an open flame?

Do you always turn off hot plates when they are not in use?

When using the microwave, do you use only dishes approved for microwave use? Avoid metal and plastics not intended for use in the microwave.

Are you careful never to hold children when opening a microwave or handling hot foods?

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