The kitchen is a commonly used space that, in some ways, is full of hazards from hot appliances to sharp tools. If you have young children, you’ll know how difficult it can be to stop them from going into off-limit areas. Children are naturally curious, and when they see their parents bustling around the kitchen, they yearn to explore and participate.
While accidents are not always preventable, parents should take extra precautions to ensure their child’s safety in the kitchen. The ideal situation is to have someone play with your child while you’re working in the kitchen so that they are happily distracted. But if you do not have that luxury, here are our top tips to make your kitchen safe for your kids to hang around in!
Most hardware stores sell inexpensive plastic locks that you can install on your cabinets, drawers and oven. They will prevent your kids from opening things they’re not supposed to. You can also place child-proof covers on stove and oven knobs so your child cannot easily turn them on.
The key is to relocate any potentially dangerous items out of the way of your curious child. For example:
● Store your knives and sharp instruments in a higher cupboard or on a far counter where they’ll remain out of your child’s reach.
● Relocate any cleaners from under the sink, even if you install safety locks.
● Remove any medicines or foods from low cabinets. While food is not dangerous in general, it can be a choking hazard for younger children.
Use Back Burners When Possible
Some of the most common accidents happen when a child reaches up and grabs a hot pot or pan. Prevent your child from getting injured or burned by aligning all handles towards the back so they are not tempted to grab them. Also, try only to use the back burners whenever possible to keep the front ones cool.
Keep The Kitchen Clean
Toddlers often spend a lot of time playing on the floor. Regularly mop and clean the kitchen area and make sure to pick up all dropped food before your child tries to eat it!
You can teach your child about safety, even if you feel like they don’t understand the concept fully yet. You can start with simple words like “hot”, “no”, “ouch” at first until they eventually learn to stay away from the kitchen. When they get older and want to help in the kitchen, you can allow them to do safe and easy tasks like mixing and pouring under supervision. They’ll feel proud to be able to help you!
Whatever your kitchen needs are, Kitchen Express can help turn your ideal kitchen into reality. We offer an extensive range of quality kitchen cabinets, countertops and sinks to fit any budget. From measuring and designing to installation, Kitchen Express is your one-stop-shop for your kitchen makeover in Langley.