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How to create a child-proof kitchen | Hammonds


Creating a child-proof kitchen is an essential for any family. Luckily, you can do so in just a few simple steps.

How to create a child-proof kitchen

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.

General safety

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!

Hob and cooker

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.

Fridge and freezer

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.

Dishwasher and sink

Sometimes the kids want to help out, which is no bad thing of course, but it can mean you need to make sure the things they are helping out with are safe for them to do so. The dishwasher is one of these places, full of lots of pointy, sharp cutlery and breakable crockery, so if they are helping to load and unload, make sure they’re aware of the dangers and take care with the items they’re handling.

The sink, meanwhile, presents an opportunity to teach the kids about how dangerous hot water can be, as well the soaps and cleaning products that are usually found around and underneath it.

Small appliances

Beyond the bigger white goods, a child-proof kitchen should have all the smaller appliances looked after, too. After using the likes of your kettle, microwave and blender, it’s a good idea to get into the habit of ensuring these items are unplugged at the mains to avoid any accidental switch-ons, and also to be conscious of keeping the cords tidy and out of reach.

If you’re using things like blenders and food processors that utilise blades, it’s essential that any sharp edges aren’t exposed, both when in use and not.

Dining area

If your kitchen features a dining space that is used by the whole family, it adds another few elements to worry about. Make sure any chairs at the breakfast bar are sturdy and not easily toppled and keep any breakables such as crockery and glasses either stored away or as central as possible. Last, but certainly not least, if you’re using a tablecloth, make sure it’s out of reach of any budding magicians who might want to see if they can quite literally pull off the impossible!

A lot of creating a child-friendly kitchen or a baby-proof kitchen comes down to making common-sense moves. This is great news because it means fixes are simple and inexpensive, so you don’t need to worry about additional costs in your new kitchen budget. Just remember to bear in mind that if you are building a new family kitchen, that it needs to be family-proofed as well.

If you’re in the process of developing a new kitchen and are looking for practical and safe solutions to add into a stylish design, we’re on hand to help. Book a design visit with us today and we can show you how to make a safe but suave kitchen that the whole family will love spending time in.


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