The kitchen is certainly one of the most dangerous areas in the house. The combination of sharp knives, chemicals and cooking surfaces can be deadly. Some experts say that the best way to keep our kitchen safe for children is to prevent their access to it. But this is certainly impossible and the only way to keep our kids safe is to take proactive measures or educate our children about the hazards posed by the kitchen.
Install Safety Gates
Your child’s age is a major consideration in planning what type of preventive measures to be taken. Infants and toddlers should never be left unsupervised especially in the kitchen. Installing safety gates is a simple way of creating a physical boundary that prevents their access to the kitchen.
It is impossible to prevent school aged children from entering the kitchen. Door stops on the other hand prevent them from accidentally getting their fingers caught on the door.
Burns is a serious safety concern for children. It is responsible for a majority of kitchen accidents among children. Burns in toddlers are commonly caused by spills. These accidents are often caused by toddlers pulling down tablecloths with hot items or dishes. Burns in small children is due to contact with hot surfaces and liquids and sometimes caused by touching cooking surfaces or open flames.
For families with school aged children the best way to keep your kitchen safe is to educate them about the dangers of playing with kitchen appliances or cooking surfaces. While toddlers are physically unable to turn knobs or play with ovens, keeping these out of the reach of bigger children is impossible.
Removing Electrical Hazards
Electricity and water do not mix. And the combination of a wet kitchen and electrical appliances makes the danger of electrocution a constant danger even for adults. There are only a few areas that a toddler or infant could physically reach and one of these are electrical outlets. It doesn’t take much for a curious child to stick his fingers or anything in their hands inside that electrical socket. A simple solution is to place electrical socket covers to prevent kids from prying into it.
Remember to unplug all electrical appliances such as microwaves or toasters when they’re not in use. Refrigerators and other electrical appliances that are constantly plugged in should have these connections hidden. This is to prevent toddlers from pulling electrical wires and having appliances falling over their head.
Child-friendly Kitchen Furniture
Cuts and bruises are not only caused by shared objects such as kitchen knives, they can also be caused by sharp-edged furniture. You don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on new furniture. Installing corner bumps or padding over sharp edges minimizes the risk for accidents.
Preventing Slips in the Kitchen
Just like in your bathroom, accidents due to slips in kitchen are also common. Keeping your kitchen floor dry is the best way of keeping your children safe. Kids often run around the house and a slippery floor is an accident waiting to happen. Anti-slip rags and mats are a must for busy kitchens.
The kitchen is one of the most dangerous areas in the home because it contains sharp cooking knives, chemical detergents, breakable glass and the list goes on. Storing these in hard to reach areas keeps them away from the hands of curious toddlers.
Open storages make it easier for children to reach out and simply grab anything they like. Kitchen cabinets or drawers provide a physical barrier, so keep these items away from kids’ eyes. Cabinets or drawers with locks are the best ways to keep dangerous items in the kitchen away from children.