The kitchen is typically the busiest space in the home, but also the most hazardous. With appliances, utensils and moving parts aplenty, there are lots of opportunities for minor bumps and scrapes, as well as more considerable accidents, too.
While no adult is immune from the odd misstep while cooking, it’s the kids that we all need to be particularly conscious of when designing and safeguarding our kitchens. Whether they’re in there with you getting involved with a fun bake or just passing through while playing, there’s plenty of shiny, pointy and potentially dangerous items that might grab their attention. Here’s how to create a child-proof kitchen that’ll save you any worries and the kids any tears.
When creating a child-friendly kitchen space, much of it comes down to making sure the major appliances are childproofed efficiently. However, before we get into that – and particularly if you’re in the process of building a new kitchen from the ground up, it’s important to have some of the basics covered.
Avoid or guard any sharp edges on counter tops or cupboards, make sure drawers and cabinets containing potentially dangerous contents are appropriately secured, and ensure your floors are slip proof (cleaning up any spills right away as and when they do happen). These are all elementary but highly effective tweaks to make, and anyone who’s ever walked into a counter edge at full steam will know those blunt edge aren’t just for the kids’ benefit!
Your hob and cooker offer up some of the more obvious hazards to your kids, but that won’t stop a curious hand wandering towards the hob when you’re not looking. Before the burn risks, though, it’s important to ensure everything on your cooker and hob is functioning properly, particularly if you’re using a gas set up and any flammable objects are kept away from the immediate area.
As for when using the cooker and hob, simple steps like using the back hobs where possible and keeping any pans comfortably out of reach will go a long way, and remember to be careful when opening the oven door in case a certain somebody has snuck into the room.
For those looking to create a baby-proof kitchen, making sure the fridge and freezer are up to scratch safety wise is highly important. With the fridge typically being home for a variety of magnets, it’s best to get rid of them and with it any potential choking hazard. It’s also advisable to get a child-safe door latch to prevent them getting in there without you knowing.
Keep the freezer clear of any ice build ups that can create sharp edges, and make sure any larger, more breakable items in the fridge aren’t accessible at a lower level.