Child Safety in the Kitchen

Have you ever noticed how young children like to spend time in the kitchen when you are preparing meals, baking etc.? It is one of the most exciting rooms in your home for your children. They want to experience tasty food, shiny pots pans and weird utensils, you name it. Everything is new to them; the steam from appliances, the heat from your cooktop and the flour in your bowls!

There is danger here, a child could easily reach this pan as well as play with the cooktop's controls! Look at the shiny red lights. How could a child resist playing with it?

There is danger here, a child could easily reach this pan as well as play with the cooktop's controls! Look at the shiny red lights. How could a child resist playing with it?

That is why it is so important to take care of safety in your kitchen. Of course you cannot avoid all accidents, but doing your best safeguarding their surroundings is something you can do.

Here are some things I have done and learned during the past years.

  1. Appliances: The induction cooktop is really great with just the pot getting hot, as soon as you take the pot away the cooktop is cool. Also I like cooktops or stoves where there is some space before the heat elements so that toddlers cannot reach pots or pans.
  2. I never deep fry in oil when small children are around (I have my lid and oven mittens close by) because even a drop of water can splash oil around.
  3. Oven glass should be cool to the touch (little children like to lean on oven glass with their hands when watching a cake rising).
  4. All sharp knives, forks, grill sticks etc. should be in a safe place, remember as soon as they can climb they can reach many places.
  5. All your ingredients; flours, spices etc. are not dangerous just messy when they are poured on the floor. I have a tall pantry with pull out drawers and the door has no handle, it opens with a push so smaller children cannot open it.
  6. Adjust your hot water so that it is not over 60C.
  7. Soft closing drawers and doors are great so little fingers are in less in danger.
  8. Receptacles are good to be safeguarded with plugs etc.
  9. All cleaning liquids and poisonous products are good to keep locked or in another safe place.
  10. Cork flooring in your kitchen is great with children; they can take out your pots and pans and other stuff without creating horrible noise and it is harder to break anything on it.
  11. Also it is good to look at your kitchen furniture that they are heavy and stable enough not to fall down when little ones stand or climb on it. Sharp corners of countertops or tables are dangerous for little one's head.

Have fun cooking and baking in the kitchen with your children!

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