Raising children is hands down, one of, if not the most difficult job on the planet. Once they are old enough to walk, it can seem like everything in your house is designed to make that job even harder. Sometimes, the things we look towards to make our lives easier can end up causing some of the biggest headaches when it comes to keeping your kids out of harm’s way. This makes it extremely important to teach kids how to safely use the various appliances found around the house.
While childproofing your appliances is something that should be done early on, establishing some basic ground rules can go a long way in increasing you and your family’s productivity, while also bringing some much-needed peace of mind.
Here are some tips to use to create a safe environment around your house.
- The dials on the stove should never be played with.
- Never open the oven door.
- If the stove or oven is being used, stay a safe distance away.
- Caution children about putting the wrong types of containers into the microwave. Metallic objects can spark and cause fires.
- Avoid overheating
- Make sure to be careful about removing items as they can cause severe burns
- Don’t keep sharp or heavy objects on the top shelf or on top of the unit.
- Make sure the kids understand how the doors open and shut. Drawers can be heavy and dangerous.
In addition to the appliance specific ones, general rules for all appliances can be helpful. For instance, making sure they ask for permission or help when first learning how to use them. Also, it is important to make sure appliances are turned off when finished to avoid potential fires.
Proper functioning appliances are also key to keeping everyone safe, as electrical shorts can also be harmful. If you have any concerns, make sure to have a professional come check your home for potential hazards and that everything is in good working order.