Around half of all children are burnt in the kitchen. There’s more to watch out for than just the oven – kettles, hot drinks and saucepans can all burn. Young children can climb on chairs and counters and may often reach higher than you think.
Saucepans can seem like fun things to try to grab. Turning the saucepan handles away from the edge of the counter or cooker and using the back rings keeps them out of reach of little hands.
Kettle cords are also a temptation, but if you push the cord to the back of the worktop, or use a kettle with a short or curly flex, you will be able to keep them out of reach.
Hot drinks can easily be knocked over or grabbed by little fingers, and a cup of tea can burn even 15 minutes after it’s been made. Try to get into the habit of putting your child down before picking up your hot drink. And push your black tea or coffee to the back of your worktop before getting the milk out of the fridge – lots of accidents happen this way.
Hobs and hotplates can all stay hot even after they’ve been turned off, and oven doors can be very hot when the oven is on. You can teach children how to behave safely around them, but they might not understand or remember the danger. A safety gate can help you keep young children out of the kitchen while you’re cooking. Or pop them in their highchair.
Microwaves don’t heat things in the same way as a cooker. Avoid warming babies’ bottles in the microwave, the milk may heat up unevenly leaving spots of very hot milk which can scald your baby’s mouth. Use a warmer or jug of hot water instead. Shake the bottle well after warming and test to make sure it’s lukewarm not hot.
Hot water bottles can cause serious burns if they are not used properly. When filling them always follow the safety instructions on the bottle, regularly check for signs of wear and tear and don’t use hot water bottles that are more than two years old. Learn more.