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Kohl's kitchen and household safety checklist

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Cooking and baking are lots of fun as long as you stay safe, say Kohl's Injury Prevention Expert Roberta Davis.

Did you know that cooking equipment, most often a range or stovetop, is the leading cause of reported home fires and home fire injuries in the United States? Davis offers up the following household safety checklist:

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 reach breakable dishes, knives, and other dangerous objects?
Have you installed a stove lock and have knob protectors been placed on the stove knobs?
Are chairs and stepstools positioned away from the stove?
When cooking, are all pot handles on the stove turned inward or placed on back burners where your child 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 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 any cords or wires from wall telephones 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?
Does the child's highchair have a safety belt with a strap between the legs?

Online: www.childrensdmc.org/KIPP

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