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Bird Kitchen Safety Rules

Follow these rules toward better kitchen safety for your pet bird

By Susan Chamberlain

Bird Kitchen Safey Tips
Keep your bird safe from household toxins.                                                         Coutesy Nicole Steinmeyer, New York  

You are your bird’s best defense against household toxins!

  • Do be aware that smoke from burned-on food, grease and other debris inside your oven can be deadly to your birds. 
  • Do not house your birds in the kitchen.
  • Locate birds in an area where fumes and smoke will not drift into their airspace.
  • Do not rely on air filters or purifiers to remove toxic fumes form the air.
  • Use a range hood that vents to outdoors, or use a window fan to blow air out of the kitchen.
  • Open windows for a few minutes, at least once a day, even in chilly weather.
  • Never leave cooking unattended.
  • Instead of using chemicals or self-cleaning oven cycles, wipe oven surfaces with a solution of white vinegar and water after each use. Use a steel wool pad to rub off stubborn dirt. Some readers report success using a hand-held steam-cleaning machine to clean their ovens.

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There are some great tips in this article.
Dan, Sandy Valley, NV
Posted: 11/29/2010 8:06:59 PM
great tips
mel, westhchester, NY
Posted: 9/16/2009 12:05:56 PM
This is good information even with having small kids around.
bill, me, ME
Posted: 9/16/2009 3:04:04 AM
Good info. There are lots of things that you have to avoid using around birds. Some of them include household cleaners, candles, cigarette smoke, incense, and ANY KIND of nonstick cookware (folks please be aware that ALL NON STICK cookware is dangerous to birds. The companies making this stuff say that it is safe because they want you to buy their products. It is not safe to us!!! You need to use only stainless steel cookware and glass pyrex type dishes for cooking in.) Be a responsible pet owner and protect your parrots and pet birds!
colleen, whiting, NJ
Posted: 9/15/2009 10:44:00 AM
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