Keeping Kitchens Child-Safe

Sometimes, in the arena of childcare, you need to prepare meals.


As children grow up, their diets begin to expand beyond just milk and some juices. They need solid food, and sometimes that has to be prepared on-site. Whether you’re a home kitchen or a childcare facility that has one, you need to practice proper safety.


There are many dangers to a child in a kitchen environment. They can all be avoided. Some of them you can remove through a remodel and careful reading of product features. Some of it is more common sense.


Let’s begin with the structural ones. Most kitchen counters, tables, and the like, have sharp corners. These are a clear hazard for children, who might brush against them and get cut as they run around. Getting new ones with rounded corners can still hurt, but won’t cut.


Make sure that all knives are out of the reach of children. This means placing them in secure containers, the kind that kids can’t pull them out of easily. Another precaution that should go hand in hand with this is keeping them higher up, where only adults can get them.


From there, we can move on to other areas of concern.


Heat is always going to be present. Whether you’re boiling water or heating up as you cook, there’s always something hot in the kitchen. Children who haven’t experienced it yet might be drawn to fires, boiling containers, and the like.


One way to do this is to keep ovens at eye-level. This means that anything that’s cooking is out of reach of anyone shorter than the average adult. Another option, especially for smaller kitchens, is the use of an induction surface. These only heat the pans, limiting possible avenues of exposure.


If you’re getting a kitchen renovated and appliances replaced, invest in ones with locks.


A number of dishwashers, ovens, cupboards, and cabinets these days come with locking mechanisms. These can make it hard for small children to open them by accident. However, they’re also designed to be easy for adults to pull.


The last bit is more of a tip: unplug all electric devices when not in use. This eliminates the chances of a child accidentally turning them on.


It’s something we, as adults, tend to forget. However, when in a home or environment with children, it is important to remember. Even if we think the buttons and switches are secure, a kid could still find a way to turn something on. Best to remove the power to make sure that doesn’t happen.

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