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If Your Kids Can Reach the Microwave, Keep Them Safe
Is your child tall enough to reach the microwave and old enough to read the controls? If so, it's time to make sure they know how to use it safely. Since burns are a common hazard related to microwave use, provide supervision until you're sure that children have mastered microwaving.
Lead by example and practice the proper microwave safety tips:
- Make sure the microwave is on a sturdy stand that's low enough for children. If children have to reach too high, they may pull a hot dish down themselves.
- Teach children to stir heated food before tasting, and show them how to open containers so steam escapes away from their face.
- Keep microwave-safe containers in one place within a child's reach.
- Always have a child use child-size kitchen mitts to remove heated food from the microwave — whether the food is hot or not, so it becomes a habit.
For more information on kitchen safety for kids, visit HomeFoodSafety.org.
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