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Child Safety in the Kitchen

child-dishwasher_blogWho, as a child, didn’t use the chest of drawers as a ladder, wanted to ‘help’ with the cooking, or jumped the last few steps running down the stairs. Yes, we lived to tell the tale but we also shudder at the things we did, and as adults we know now what didn’t know then – that it could have gone horribly wrong!

Kids will always be kids; however, there are precautions you can take in your home, and especially in your kitchen, to minimize the risk of bruises, burns, and broken limbs.

You already know to keep children out of the kitchen while cooking, to turn pot handles toward the back of the stove, and to use the back burners only whenever possible.

But nowadays where the open-concept kitchen is the gathering place for friends and family, and the kitchen island makes it easy to reach sinks and stoves from all angles; it is time to update some of the rules:

  •  Keep chairs away from the kitchen island so your child can’t climb onto it and get to the stove or the sink
  •  Put locks on all kitchen drawers so your child can’t open the lower ones and use them as steps to climb up on the counters
  •  If you can’t put a lock on your dishwasher, make sure that sharp objects such as knives and scissors are out of children’s reach
  •  Keep cords away from the edge of the kitchen counter so that your child can’t pull down any small appliances such as the food processor or the coffee machine.
  •  Ideally, small appliances should be stored away when not in use, and the same for knives and scissors
  •  Store wrap boxes with sharp cutting edges such as aluminum foil and plastic wrap in out-of-reach cabinets
  •  Put a lock on your garbage container or store it in a cupboard with a child-lock installed

Keep your kitchen a safe and fun place for the whole family!


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