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8. Effective Safety Measures in the Kitchen

a. Never leave cooking items unattended; this may cause a fire. If you are distracted, turn off the gas or electric burner before leaving the room.

b. Always keep pot handles turned in toward the stove. Young children may reach up and pull hot food onto themselves.

c. Always keep the electric cords of cooking equipment (electric frying pans, coffeepots, etc.) out of children's reach.

d. Always keep hot liquids out of a baby's reach. Children in this age group are the most frequent victims of hot liquid scalds. In a split second they can grab a coffee cup or bump your arm.

e. Keep tablecloth ends up on the table. Toddlers can spill hot liquids by pulling at the edges of a tablecloth.

f. Protect babies or toddlers by placing them in a high chair or playpen during cooking hours.

g. If a grease, fat, lard, or cooking oil fire starts, do not use water to extinguish it. Smother the fire by covering it with a lid or use a dry chemical-type fire extinguisher if available. (Baking soda will also work.)

h. Take care that curtains near kitchen ranges and heating equipment do not catch fire.

i. Store cookies, cereals, or other children's "bait" away from the stove because children may be burned reaching for them.

j. Extinguish oven fires by closing the oven door and turning off the heat or by using a dry chemical-type fire extinguisher. (Baking soda will also work.)

k. Do not use a gas range to heat the room, for the following reasons.

1) You may initiate a fire.

2) The oxygen in the air may be used up.

l. Never place any type of metal in a microwave oven, including foil, metal pots and pans, and dishes with silver or gold trim. Check the safety of cooking utensils with the parent(s).
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