Childproofing Your Home: The Kitchen (Part 1 of 9)

By | 2017-08-17T13:50:27+00:00 August 4th, 2017|Categories: Childproofing|Tags: |

The kitchen can be a fascinating place, especially for young children. There are so many things to see, do, and explore. Watching a parent bustle around, pulling intriguing items from drawers and cupboards and using interesting gadgets can naturally pique a child’s curiosity. Unfortunately, the kitchen is also a place where many dangers lurk. To prevent any potential injuries, be sure to implement the following safety precautions:

General Kitchen Safety

  • Secure all knobs and handles

  • Install safety latches on all drawers, cupboards, and cabinets, especially those containing contents that could be harmful, such as chemicals and spices

  • Seal off all electrical outlets using safety plugs

  • Dispose of plastic bags safely by tying them into a knot before throwing them in the trash

  • Invest in a child-resistant trash can (or keep it behind a closed, secured door)

  • Install protective guards or cushioning on any sharp edges or corners

  • Use non-skid rugs and clean up spills immediately to prevent falling

  • Keep plastic wrap, aluminum foil, and waxed paper dispensers out of reach (the serrated edges on the boxes can cut little fingers)

  • Post the number for Poison Control where it can quickly and easily be accessed

Kitchen Appliances

  • Secure large appliances like ovens, dishwashers, and refrigerators to the wall to prevent tipping

  • Install a safety guard on the front of your stove to prevent little hands from touching hot elements

  • Remove oven knobs so burners cannot accidentally be turned on

  • Use back burners whenever possible

  • Turn handles on pots and pans inward while cooking so they can’t easily be grabbed

  • Always check for hot surfaces – some units can get hot enough on the outside to cause burns

  • For ovens that do become hot to the touch on the outside, install a baby gate to prevent little hands from coming into contact with them

  • Always turn stove/oven off when not in use

  • Install a childproof latch on your refrigerator door

  • Remove magnets to prevent choking hazard

  • Install a childproof latch on your dishwasher

  • Never leave sharp objects, such as forks or knives, in the dishwasher. Remove and store safely as soon as the cycle is done.

  • Store small appliances well out of reach of children, and unplug them when not in use

  • Use cord shorteners to prevent cords from dangling where they are more likely to be grabbed

  • Always remove the doors from any old appliances you are replacing

This blog post is part of a nine part series on Childproofing Your Home and has been adapted from the book The Ultimate Guide to Home Safety for Kids.

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