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Old 06-03-2007, 07:39 AM
 
Location: Michigan
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Everyday Appliances May Pose Hidden Danger to Children.

Arkansas police believe 18-month-old Clifton Kirk crawled into his family's dishwasher this past week -- and his brother, fascinated with the machine, then closed the door, restarting an already activated cycle.

ABC News: Deadly Kitchens: Kids Can Face Peril
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Old 06-03-2007, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Coachella Valley, California
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That is so sad. I never thought about the dishwasher. I have always been cautious regarding the oven, the fridge and my washer/dryer. In fact, the only thing I worried about with the dishwasher was having the kids open the door and stand on it. We all have to be really mindful of what kinds of things kids can get into. Very sad story.
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Old 06-04-2007, 05:14 AM
 
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
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Everyday Appliances May Pose Hidden Danger to Children.

Arkansas police believe 18-month-old Clifton Kirk crawled into his family's dishwasher this past week -- and his brother, fascinated with the machine, then closed the door, restarting an already activated cycle.

ABC News: Deadly Kitchens: Kids Can Face Peril
That's awful!
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Old 06-04-2007, 09:29 AM
 
Location: Rocket City, U.S.A.
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How exactly does an 18 month old crawl In to a dishwasher? My daughter was tiny at 18 months (18 pounds) and still would not have fit in there...without some help.

Reading the editorial comments, someone is arguing that "you can't watch" the kids 24/7...
Uhm, guess what? I have gates up to keep my daughter out of places that I feel might be dangerous to her...the kitchen is one of those places. The laundry room is another.

And at 18 months old, you should know where that child is, 24/7.

Something sounds wrong here.
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Old 06-04-2007, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Southeast Kansas
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Todlers are quick, they can get into anything at any time, I raised 3 boys, and I had to have eyes in the back of my head at all times, and still, they managed to do things that were unbelievable, for instance, we love to go fishing, so happens , my middle son(7 years) is learning how to cast a rod and reel, my first son is teaching him,(11 years) as my middle son casts, the hook grabs my oldest son in the lip, needless to say, the oldest learned not to stand behind someone and teach them how to cast a rod and reel...

I feel so sad for these parents.
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Old 06-04-2007, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Rocket City, U.S.A.
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Police: Toddler Died Inside Dishwasher, 18-Month-Old Trapped In Appliance That Started Running When Door Closed - CBS News

Here's more on the story...
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Old 06-04-2007, 09:52 AM
 
Location: Long Beach, CA
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My sister kept her OTC's in a cabinet over the stove. She went outside for 2 minutes and her 2 year old managed to find a chair, climb up and ingest several OTC's. 2 year old is now 23 years old ......... and doing fine. You cannot take your eye off those babies ever.
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Old 06-04-2007, 10:26 AM
 
Location: South Bay Native
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How exactly does an 18 month old crawl In to a dishwasher? My daughter was tiny at 18 months (18 pounds) and still would not have fit in there...without some help.

Reading the editorial comments, someone is arguing that "you can't watch" the kids 24/7...
Uhm, guess what? I have gates up to keep my daughter out of places that I feel might be dangerous to her...the kitchen is one of those places. The laundry room is another.

And at 18 months old, you should know where that child is, 24/7.

Something sounds wrong here.
But SURELY you're not suggesting that whichever adult was responsible for this child at the time this occurred may be to blame for not paying attention??/sarcasm
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Old 06-04-2007, 10:32 AM
 
Location: Debary, Florida
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My daughter couldn't get into the kitchen at all, I had a gate across the doorway...she was coralled in an area that had been child proofed and confined so I could see her even if I was in the kitchen...
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Old 06-04-2007, 10:32 AM
 
Location: South Bay Native
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Why wasn't there a locking device on the dishwasher by the way? My parents' dishwasher has a clasp that can only be operated from the outside, and if it isn't engaged the machine doesn't run.

I have a mini washer that sits on top of the kitchen counter so this isn't an issue in my home, but I just cannot see this happening without someone on the outside to shut the machine (picture an 18 month old already inside the dishwasher with probably not much room to move - how does he swing the door shut?). This seems fishy to me.
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