Safety in the kitchen

If you choose to have your child with you in the kitchen while you are cooking, there are some things you can do to reduce risk.

Make sure nothing harmful is within grabbing reach of your child, including appliance cords, knives, saucepan handles and washing-up liquid or other chemicals.

Use the back of the stove to cook with and remove any chairs or stools that your child could climb on to reach dangerous items.

If your toddler wants to ‘help’ cook, you can move them away from the oven or any dangers and give them an empty bowl and wooden spoon to bang.


Image Young child hleping with preparing food in the kitchen

Published — 30 August 2016 Last updated — 28 August 2018

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