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Child Appliance Safety Practices

Children are using home appliances alone more and more and at young ages. They are using appliances to do housecleaning jobs assigned by parents and to prepare food during times when there are no adults around.

As the use of appliances by children increases, so does the chance of accidents.

Sharing all this information at once may be more than your child can handle. Try doing a few mini-lessons on each appliance.
Dishwasher Safety Practices
Microwave Safety Practices
Range/Oven Safety Practices
Washer/Dryer Safety Practices

Dishwasher Safety Practices

  • Show children how to load the dishwasher properly. Sharp knives and prongs can cut if they are not loaded facing downward.
  • Glasses can break in the dishwasher. Beware of this when loading and unloading to prevent being cut.
  • Locate the drying element inside the dishwasher and caution children against touching it because it gets very hot.
  • Do not allow children to use the door to step on for reaching upper cabinets.
  • Close and latch or lock the dishwasher door when not loading or unloading it.

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Microwave Safety Practices

  • Do not attempt to operate with the door open or when the oven is empty.
  • Show children how to cook their favorite convenience foods. Foods like pizza and popcorn may be prepared, but only in special packages or utensils designed specifically for this purpose. CAUTION children about the stored heat that can cause burns.
  • Use only cooking dishes that are safe for the microwave. Show your children some of the dishes they should use and should not use. Metal utensils and utensils with metal trim are not safe to use, unless specifically recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Use potholders to remove cooked foods from the oven.
  • Open covers or plastic wrap away from the user to avoid steam burns.
  • Never heat containers with small openings, like syrup bottles.
  • Pierce nonporous skins or membranes of foods to prevent steam buildup and bursting.
  • Stir liquids before heating them to avoid eruptions when containers are removed from the oven.
  • Do not boil eggs in the shell.; they will explode in the oven.
  • Remove wire twist-ties from paper or plastic packages before placing them in the oven. The metal twists can cause a fire.
  • Do not overcook foods. If materials inside the oven ignite, KEEP THE OVEN DOOR CLOSED. Turn off the power immediately by turning the oven off and disconnecting the power cord.
  • Use only thermometers specifically designed for use in a microwave oven.

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Range/Oven Safety Practices

  • Wear proper clothing when using the range. Loose-fitting or baggy sleeves can catch fire when one reaches across a burner.
  • Use dry potholders. Wet potholders can cause burns from steam.
  • Turn the handles of pans toward the center of the range, but so they do not extend over other surface units. In this position they are less likely to be knocked or pulled off, thus reducing the chance of burns or scalds.
  • Do not leave surface units that are set to high or medium high unattended. Also, watch fat and grease closely so they do not become too hot and catch on fire.
  • Heating elements can look cool when they are hot, so caution children to not touch heating elements.
  • Do not set bowls, utensils, towels, etc., near electric units or gas burners where they could catch fire.
  • Never use the oven door to stand on because the range could tip, resulting in serious burns or other injuries.
  • Do not store toys or other items inside the oven.
  • Check the oven before preheating to make sure nothing is inside. Also, place an oven rack in the desired location while the oven is cool.
  • Do not use the range to heat the room. A person could be burned or injured, or a fire could start.

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Washer/Dryer Safety Practices

  • Show how to clean the lint filter after each load. Lint build-up can cause a fire.
  • Do not reach into the washer or dryer when it is operating. Wait until the machine has stopped completely.
  • Never wash or dry articles spotted with flammable substances like dry cleaning fluids or gasoline. They could ignite or explode.
  • Do not dry foam rubber and plastic coated items in the dryer.
  • Teach your child to follow package directions when using laundry products. Incorrect use of chlorine bleach with ammonia can produce poisonous gas.

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