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Kitchen: Household Safety Checklist
Are knives, forks, scissors, and other sharp tools in a drawer with a childproof latch?
Have you installed a dishwasher lock so kids can't open it while it's running and can't reach breakable dishes, knives, and other dangerous objects?
Have you installed a stove lock and have knob protectors been placed on the stove knobs?
Does your oven range have an anti-tip bracket installed?
Are chairs and stepstools kept away from the stove?
When cooking, are all pot handles on the stove turned inward or placed on back burners where kids can't reach them?
Are glass objects and appliances with sharp blades stored out of reach?
Is the garbage can behind a cabinet door with a childproof latch?
Are all appliances unplugged when not in use, with cords out of reach?
Are all vitamin or medicine bottles tightly closed and stored in a high cabinet far from reach?
Are matches and lighters stored in a locked cabinet?
Is the cabinet under the sink free of cleaning supplies, bug sprays, dishwasher detergent, and dishwashing liquids? And are these supplies out of the reach of children?
Are any bottles containing alcohol stored out of reach?
Are all plastic garbage bags and sandwich bags out of reach?
Are refrigerator magnets and other small objects out of reach?
Are childproof latches installed on all cabinet doors?
Is there a working fire extinguisher? Do family members know how to use it?
Does your child's highchair have a safety belt with a strap between the legs?
Are tables free of tablecloths that could be grabbed?
Reviewed by: Kate M. Cronan, MD
Date reviewed: March 2018
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