In this season of holiday cooking, our check list of necessities should include kitchen safety and supervision, especially if young children are in the house.
Dr. Pam Okada, a UT Southwestern Medical Center pediatric emergency specialist, says children should never be left unattended in the kitchen. Kids can spill hot foods or liquids on themselves by tugging on tablecloths or appliance cords, so monitor where and how dishes are set up for cooking and serving.
“Young children do not understand what injuries a hot stove or cooking appliance can cause,” Dr. Okada says. “It takes only a second for a child to be injured or scalded.”
Other safety tips from Dr. Okada include: