Kitchen Safety: Tips for Child-Safe Kitchens and Kitchen Safety Tips
While the kitchen tends to be the family room in any home, there can be no denying how dangerous the room can be. Kitchens just aren’t child friendly by nature and hot things and sharp objects can cause stresses for parents. Kitchen safety is vital, the kitchen is where most accidents in the home happen, and while you can’t make the room exactly child safe, there are things you can do to improve the safety in your kitchen, keeping the little ones safe.
Top Tips For Kitchen Safety and Child Safe Kitchens
While you might not want to permanently shut your child out of the kitchen, particularly if your fitted kitchen is a family room, you probably don’t want them in there while you’re not. It’s impossible to keep an eye on them every second, so by having safety gates in the kitchen, you always know they’re not in there when they shouldn’t be.
Drawer and Door Locks
The small plastic drawer and door locks readily available are the best way to ensure your kids don’t get into any of the cupboards and drawers. At the best case scenario drawers can bump children’s heads, and trap fingers, but worst case, the kids are getting their hands on knives and kitchen implements. Fitting drawer and cupboard door locks will give you peace of mind.
Burns are the leading cause of accidental death in the home for children under 15 years old, so this is a serious danger. Mostly it’s a case of being aware, ensuring things can’t be pulled down onto children, using the back rings on the hob where you can and practical safety. If you really want to go the whole hog then glass hobs are highly recommended because they have no flames, and cool down very quickly.
Self closing outlets and plug covers are essential in the kitchen, especially when small children are around. We take electricity so for granted that we often forget just how dangerous it can be. Modern kitchens are required to be incredibly safe electrically, and if you’re unsure of your old appliances and fittings, it could be time for a chat with us about bringing your kitchen up to date on safety recommendations.
Common Sense and Up to Date!
Most of the advise is just common sense, the best way to protect your children from dangers is to place those dangers out of reach. Knives and dangerous items kept in high cupboards are much safer than in low cupboards, even with cabinet locks.
Safety recommendations are changing all the time, and the biggest dangers come with old, outdated kitchens. If you want to make sure your kitchen is safe for your growing family then we can offer advise and recommendations, and bringing your kitchen up to date with modern standards will also add value to your home, and doesn’t have to mean a whole new kitchen.