Childproofing Your Kitchen
many potential dangers in one room
|One of the most often used rooms in the house contains various
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A home is your castle and the most important factor for many families is feeling
This is especially true when dealing with young children. The thought of your baby
suffering an injury at home is enough to giving any parent sleepless nights. Are you taking the necessary
precautions when it comes to your home?
Protecting your children from dangers
home can be a long-winded process but is one born out of necessity.
The potential dangers of not doing it are simply too big to ignore. While we don’t like to think too much about
what could go wrong, preventing it from happening will take a huge weight off your shoulders.
Kids somehow have a natural instinct to attract danger. We don’t know why; they
just do. Every room of the home carries potential safety pitfalls but the kitchen carries
a heightened sense of danger and is one area that definitely requires childproofing.
Various dangers in the kitchen
The problem with the kitchen is that the various dangers aren’t limited to just
one area. This room is home to fire hazards, sharp objects, consumable health risks and just about any other form
of harmful product imaginable.
Worse still, it houses the fridge. This inevitably means your kids will be running
in and out of the kitchen throughout the day. With so many counter tops and cupboards, covering those sharp edges
with softer materials can be a key step to avoiding cracked heads and other nasty wounds. Nobody fancies a trip
down A&E when it could have been prevented by a few simple precautions.
|Cooking stove is one of
the most hazardous areas in the kitchen, where
most of domestic fires occur. Teach your children to avoid dangers in
Staying with the idea of food, cooking can be a major threat if not done properly.
Statistics show that over two thirds of domestic fires occur whilst cooking. There are a number of ways to prevent them but the main one is to
never leave the room unattended. This is especially true when dealing with your children as there are far too
many hazardous components involved.
The majority of safety issues in the kitchen can be solved by simple common sense.
Keeping dangerous items out of sight will go a long way to preventing danger. Storing glassware, knives, and other
hazardous items in high cabinets (or latched drawers) is always a smart move. Likewise, medication and other
consumables should be kept hidden away and preferably purchased with locked caps designed to keep young children
Another area that probably doesn’t get the attention it should is cleaning
equipment. Bleaches and other toxic materials could cause serious damage if consumed and you should ensure they are
kept out of reach. Switching to floor care that is eco
friendly will lower the health risks whilst helping the environment too.
As well as these items, you should make sure all dishcloths and sponges are clean as these can become playground
for harmful bacteria.
As with any room, childproofing the kitchen doesn’t mean being scared of danger.
It just means being aware. Familiarise yourself with those potential problems and you should have no trouble
ensuring that your whole family remains safe.