It's that time of year again! Here are some of the best tips to keep your celebration running smoothly while keeping those kiddos safe and happy!
Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop to keep an eye on the food.
If possible, enlist an older child or family member to entertain curious toddlers and keep them in sight at all times.
Keep children away from the stove. Since the stove will be hot, kids should stay at least 3 feet away.
Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
Always keep knives out of the reach of wandering and curious hands.
Ensure electrical cords from kitchen appliances, or decorations are not dangling off of the counter or within reach of little hands.
Lighters and matches should be stored in a place high and locked away. In addition, children should never be left alone with a lit candle or wax warmer.
Ensure all smoke detectors are in working order. Test them using the test button located on the device itself.
If using a fryer to cook your turkey, ensure children are not near the appliance or the materials used. Every year there are several thousand fires from deep frying turkeys that require fire department response.
Provide fun and engaging activities that keep kiddos out of the kitchen, if possible. Games, puzzles or books can keep them busy. Designating a "kids" area is smart in order for quick check-ups when desired.
During and After the Meal
Visiting family may have medications or choking hazards in pockets, purses or luggage. Don't assume that all adults will consider the dangers of everyday objects left on tables or chairs. Ensure that all unsafe items are accounted for and kept far away from children. Locking them in bedrooms or placing them high in a closet is a smart way to prevent accidents.
Any alcohol should be placed out of reach of children. Wine glasses, beer bottles or other substances should be monitored and not placed where little hands can reach them. Not only is poisoning a concern, but broken glass as well.
During clean-up, beware of meat bones (like a turkey wishbone) that may attract curious little hands. As well, beware of tablecloths that may be easily yanked from the table by rambunctious youngsters excited about the holiday activity.