Children love to explore, even in the kitchen. Honestly, there isn’t any place in your home that you can keep your child or children off. So, the best way you can do it is to keep the space or your kitchen safe.
We’ve made a list of the things and areas in your kitchen that you need to childproof, so start here.
Start in the Entrance
Keep your children safe by preventing them from entering the kitchen unsupervised. Start by adding safety gates in all the entrances in your kitchen. To keep the gates in style with your kitchen interiors, you can also stain or paint the gates. Make sure to use paint that is safe around your kids and pets too.
Keep All Dangerous Objects
The second thing you need to do is to keep every sharp and dangerous object out of reach. Some of the things you need to keep include, but are not limited to, cutlery, knives, and other pointed objects, lighters, medications, cleaning supplies, plastic bags, batteries, and other small items.
We recommend adding another layer of protection by placing small objects inside a container and then keeping it in the drawer.
Drawers and Cabinets
There are different types of locks that you can use to keep your drawers and cabinets closed. However, we recommend that you use locks with internal locking systems. It’s important to choose these locks to avoid forgetting to place them back when you open your drawers or cabinets.
The most common are latch locks. These are classic locks that you need to drill in your drawers to drawers. The only downside of this is that you really need to find the time to install these safety locks.
Another option is magnetic lock solutions. These have very strong magnets inside to prevent kids from opening your drawers. The only downside of these locks is that others can be challenging to install.
Prevent Electrocution Accidents
Children under 15 years old are the most common age group admitted to hospitals due to electric shock. More importantly, electricity danger is also a common cause of house fires. Therefore, we need to keep the children safe from being electrocuted to avoid these types of damages and accidents.
Here are some of the things you can do to prevent electric shocks:
- Unplug kitchen appliances when not in use.
- Cover plugs with plug covers and, if possible, position heavy furniture in these plugs.
- Make sure to keep electrical cords from children’s reach.
- Dispose of all items with frayed cords or old cords. Secure electrical equipment with wires and cables using zip ties.
Prevent Any Burns
Safety precautions should always be applied when in the kitchen, especially if you have children. To ensure that your kitchen or home is burn-safe, check out these tips:
- Do not carry a child or children when you are cooking or carrying hot water or hot food. Always think of the child’s safety by first removing the child from the kitchen before you start cooking.
- Do not leave the stove unattended. If, in any way, your child gets in the kitchen while you are cooking, make sure to keep him or her away from the stove.
- Choose fire-resistant fabrics when it comes to fabrics used in the kitchen.
- Make sure to store flammable materials in secured drawers or cabinets securely. Keep this way from children and heat or flames.
Lastly, install smoke alarms and add a fire extinguisher in your kitchen as a preventive measure.
Keep your children safe in the kitchen by following these tips. Don’t forget to share your safety ideas too. We’d love to hear them!