Household Safety Hazards
The kitchen poses myriad hazards for kids, starting with the large appliances. Be sure your oven range cannot be pulled away from the wall if it detaches. Most modern models affix to the floor and wall behind it, but some may not. If a child were to pull on the door or front of the oven, he would not only be in danger of burning himself, but also of pulling the whole thing down on himself. The dishwasher poses another hazard - be sure to close and lock the door when not in use, even if you're unloading the machine and just need to leave for a second. Sharp utensils can protrude from the silverware basket, and detergent can irritate skin and eyes, plus it's poisonous. Party time can even be dangerous if you provide kids with latex balloons. While being blown up, kids can suck them down their throats and create a seal that won't allow the child to breathe. Children have suffocated in a matter of just a few minutes with balloon pieces in their throats. It's best to leave the blowing up to kids over the age of 8, and clean up burst balloon pieces as quickly as possible.