KITCHEN SAFETY BY CAROLYN ZIEGLER, CO-FOUNDER OF CHILD SAFETY BRAND DREAMBABY® AND WORLD-RENOWNED CHILDPROOFING EXPERT.
Families see the inside of a kitchen more than most other rooms in the house. It’s a hub for preparing breakfast, school lunches, dinners and more, but it can also be one of the most dangerous areas in the home. Hot temperatures, sharp objects, poisonous cleaning agents and more can pose serious threats to unaware children. Here’s a few simple tips to help childproof kitchen.
Lock all kitchen cupboards and appliances
It’s important to use a variety of child safety locks and latches to prevent access to drawers, cabinets, fridges (especially if you are storing wine or medicines) ovens, microwaves and more.
Store all dangerous items well out of reach
Even with the use of locks and latches, it’s essential to keep any sharp or dangerous items out of the reach of children. Food needs to be kept out of reach, too – if you cannot install a lock onto your fridge, try to keep all raw meat and any breakable containers as far from the opening as possible.
Keep any movable items out of reach
While the hazards of ovens and stoves are commonly understood, we can easily forget that smaller appliances, such as a toaster, hand-held blender and kettle can pose just as many risks for children, who may pull them down. Try to hide as many electrical cords as possible, and push all appliances far away from the edge of your table or counter.
Rubbish & recycling must be covered at all times
Children may not understand that rubbish bins are not toys, and that their contents are not to be eaten. Expired food, sharp objects including toothpicks, and other dangerous items need to be kept out of children’s reach – even after they’ve been thrown away. Empty the rubbish bins regularly, keep them covered and out of reach, and ensure that recyclables such as glass bottles are also concealed.
What to do while I am cooking?
While cooking, it’s ideal to keep your children completely out of the kitchen. The best option is to use a safety gate (if you have an open plan kitchen or a wide entrance to your kitchen choose an extra-wide gate that comes with the option to add extensions). Another idea is to use a high chair or play-pen with toys to keep them under your supervision and out of harm’s way. Never hold your child while prepping or cooking food – the chance of an accident is high, and can lead to serious cuts and burns for you both. When using the stove top, keep the handles of all pots and pans facing inwards, to help prevent children from reaching up and pulling hot, heavy objects down.
What to do when I’ve finished cooking?
Don’t let your children near the oven or stove while they are cooling down, and if you’re using a dishwasher, make sure that your children can’t get near it until it has been emptied, to prevent accidents including scalding and burns.
Here is a short podcast Carolyn recorded on kitchen safety KITCHEN SAFETY
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