For a child, a kitchen is sometimes a great adventure playground, on which which there is so much to discover and try out. In the cupboards and drawers, there are all sorts of exciting equipment, small parts and ingredients too; so you need to be careful of just who can put their grubby little fingers in which draw! Today we’ve put ten tips together in order to ensure that those little accidents are far less likely to occur and also the kitchen becomes a much more hazard free zone.
Knife, fork, scissors, skewers… Anyone who wants to make their kitchen safe for children, should definitely make sure that drawers where sharp objects are kept up high, are locked and or with child-proof fittings, found in hardware stores. Another alternative is to keep those items right at the back of draws, to make them unreachable. Knives, inside knife blocks, must always be kept so that children cannot come into contact with them.
This isn't just applicable to the kitchen but, plug sockets should be covered or hidden at all times; to stop forks and spoon handles getting jammed in them! A design like this is available easily these days, and aren't too expensive either.
Detergent , alcohol and other chemicals are extremely dangerous for children; who put everything in their mouth. Therefore it is recommended to store kitchen cleaners, dish-washing machine tablets, washing up liquid and Co. in a place that the kids can not reach, or, even better, in a locked cupboard. The same goes for the bar too -not until they’re much older!
The stove is a particular hazard in the kitchen, careless use of hot stove ranges can leave the kids with their fingers burnt, or worse. So you should basically never leave children alone in the kitchen when stove is in operation. In addition, you should consider purchasing a guard and covers for the hob. It’s also advisable to cook on the rear burners and make sure that the handle of the pot never extend beyond the kitchen counter top. Children might try to pull himself up on it and scald bad. For gas stoves, investigate some child proof safety fittings and accessories that are on the market today, you might be surprised.
People say, shards bring luck, but throw children into that equation and you’re going to be feeling anything but lucky. Therefore, it’s advisable to always keep glass and porcelain out of reach of little ones; kept and stored in the lower cabinets or housing units. In your high up storage, store light-weight materials, like plastics and fabrics.
If there are small children moving freely in the kitchen, one should have as many rounded shapes and edges as possible. If you love one particular piece of furniture, you can always attach some child friendly rubber edging, to make it safe. Small bumps of course can never be completely avoided, but serious injuries are excluded in this way.
Just as with the stove and oven is also the safety of the fridge; a potential source of danger for families with children. Not only the content should be consumed as often as possible -to prevent bacteria build up- but also heavy items should be stored lower down; by the same theory as the crockery.
Just a no-no. If history has told us one about children and plastic bags, it’s that they don’t mix! So either invest in child friendly bags for life or a more eco friendly option.
The kitchen should be considered as the rest of the home is for this one: wobbly wardrobes, chests of drawers and shelves must be attached to the wall in order to avoid little explorers being buried under them. If money’s an issue, don’t worry, you can find second hand fittings for a song these days online or even in charity shops.
To make sure that the little ones, in an unguarded moment, don’t throw a full trash bin onto the kitchen floor and put egg shells, food scraps, coffee grounds and Co. all over the place, you should investigate either in some smart storage options or in bin locks, your choice!Want more child friendly ideas? Have a look at our article, staying stylish with children or some tips for children's bedrooms