In the Kitchen
- Use the backburners instead of front burners for cooking; always turn pot handles inward, toward the stove.
- Store knives, glassware, and appliances in cabinets with child-safety locks.
- Avoid using placemats and tablecloths. Toddlers can pull these cloths down along with whatever is on top of them.
- Never leave mopping supplies unattended. A child can drown in even an inch of water.
Top Hidden Danger: Holding your child while you cook. It's easy to put your child on your hip while you make dinner, but it's just as easy for a wiggly toddler to put out a hand and burn herself on a pan or for you to lose your balance and not be able to hold both your child and a hot pan.