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When the baby starts Crawling

Once your baby starts crawling, the house become like a playground .your little angel wants to explore places, where most certainly you wouldn’t want your baby wandering. Kitchen is one such area , which you want to keep out of your baby’s reach according to the US statistics, around 40% of accidents occur in households.

And 80% of deaths are reported under 4 years due to accident at home. These accidents occur due to fire, burns suffocation and choking. But how do you guarantee the safety of your baby while working in your kitchen?  The solution is baby proofing your kitchen so as to avoid any accidents.

There are few pointers which parents should remember while baby proofing their house .The first priority is to keep all the dangerous things out of baby’s reach. The area under the sink or electrical sockets is the most hazardous places which a baby should not be exposed to. Even chemicals in the kitchen should be stored in a closed cabinet. And last but not the least, think like a baby does, which area is their most favourite one. Before you follow these tips, do keep all the emergency numbers near your phone and on your kitchen counter. Here are some tips and hopefully they relieve your tension.

  • When you are in the kitchen, you must have noticed that the little hands can easily reach the oven drawer because of its low height. So first you need to install locks on drawer.
  • The next step is securing the oven door above the drawer. The oven door can be easily opened by your kid as it is light weight. So installing god quality lock is a better idea.
  • Cover all the sharp corners with cushions or plastic cover guard. The corner cushions made of elastic material are most preferred by parents as the baby doesn’t get hurt while moving around the furniture.
  • Always avoid cooking food when your baby is in the kitchen.
  • Try and install safety gates in the area surrounding your kitchen and lock the gate while cooking.
  • In drawers, install stop locks which don’t open easily. These locks do not let the drawer open as long as the latch is not pressed down.
  • The kitchen cabinet doors should be locked securely so as to avoid exposing your child to dangers lurking behind these doors. Start using non-toxic cleaners on floors and on appliances as these are safe for your baby.
  •  Store all the sharp objects like  knives, scissors and forks inside a drawer or at the rear end of the kitchen counter
  • Cover all the electrical sockets in the kitchen; be sure your kid is nowhere near the area. Even if you are storing glass utensils in the cabinets below your kitchen slab, be sure to use locks which will be difficult for the baby to open.
  • Keeping a working fire extinguisher at home is always a wise option as it helps in preventing fire accidents.
  • Use cord shorteners for electrical cords so as to avoid your child from pulling it.
  • Install locks on trash cans too as your little one can easily open it. If locks can’t be installed, then keep the trash can in a cupboard which will unsure your child doesn’t get messy from the trash.
  • Keep the ladders and step stools locked away in a cupboard or a closet. Also, on the breakfast table, do not use any tablecloth as your child can certainly pull it.
  • Even on the dishwasher, install safety locks so as to avoid your child from pulling the door and do cover the sharp edges of the dishwasher with a cover guard.

Questions 1-6

 Match the following with suitable phrases given in the box from A to H.

1. Fire extinguisher should be in a working condition.

2. Locks on trash cons should be installed.

3. Ladders and step stools should be kept in a closet.

4. Expensive crockery should be kept in wall mounted cabinets.

5. Safety locks should be installed on dishwashers.

6. Cord shorteners should be used for electrical cords.


List of phrases are ----------

  1.  To avoid your child to climb.
  2. To avoid your child to get dirty.
  3. To avoid pulling these.
  4. To avoid the fear of strangulation.
  5. To avoid flame miss happening.
  6. To avoid breakage.
  7. To avoid the dangers of getting cuts.
  8. To avoid the danger of getting injury.