How to make your kitchen safe for children

22.06.2020

The kitchen is one of the most dangerous rooms for children. They can get burned, scalded or swallow toxic substances. Knives, forks, glasses and sharp or pointed objects can also quickly become their undoing. Children are by nature very curious and want to explore and discover everything. But this can be very dangerous. It is therefore essential to make the kitchen childproof. Below are the 10 best tips on what to think about.

How to make the kitchen childproof
The kitchen is often the centre of the family. That's why it's especially important that the kitchen is childproof - photo: @ Studio Romantic adobestock

1. Secure the stove

Special care is required around the stove, as there is a risk of burns from touching the hotplate and scalding from pots that tip over. The handles and stems of the pots and pans should always be turned backwards so that they are out of reach of the little ones. If possible, it is recommended to use the rear hobs. Induction hobs are a good choice because here the pot and not the plate is heated. When the pot is taken off the hob, the place cools down immediately. Safety is also provided by a protective grille for the cooker and oven. Covers are also available for the controls.

2. Secure the oven

Many modern ovens, just like the cooker, are equipped with a child lock to prevent accidental operation. In addition, modern ovens have an insulated door that becomes less hot.

3. Install scald protection in the tap

The danger of scalding in the kitchen is not just about pots or the kettle with hot liquids. The little ones can also get scalded at the tap. It is therefore advisable to install a tap with thermal scalding protection. This means that the lever can only be moved up to a certain, i.e. safe, temperature range. Children have much thinner skin than adults. They can suffer serious scalds from a water temperature of 55 degrees Celsius.

4. Secure cupboards and drawers

There are many objects in the kitchen that are dangerous for children. These include knives and forks, cleaning materials and alcohol. A cupboard and drawer lock keeps them out. Good security systems also have finger trap protection. The rubbish bin should also be secured. The little ones quickly get hold of spoiled food or broken glass.

5. Switch off and put away electrical appliances

Electrical appliances such as kettles, toasters or mixers are very dangerous for children. In order to prevent them from being harmed, they should always be switched off after use and put away if possible. The latter applies especially to appliances where the little ones can injure themselves even if they are not used. For larger appliances such as microwave ovens and coffee machines, the cables should not hang down.

6. Protection from corners and edges

Dangerous corners and edges, for example on a cupboard, table, chair or bench, should be equipped with protection. It is made of rubber so that children do not injure themselves when they bump into it. Children can be seriously injured if there are many corners and edges. Drawers and doors can be equipped with a stopper function to prevent the child from getting his or her fingers caught.

7. Secure sockets

Socket outlets pose a very high risk of electric shock to children. Therefore, ideally, they should not be located on the floor but in the area of the worktop. But danger lurks here too. Socket outlets should, therefore, be equipped with child safety devices: They range from twist-lock fasteners that are glued into the sockets to plastic lids that are clipped on. A retractable socket strip can be installed on the worktop.

8. Do not use tablecloths

Tablecloths hanging down from the table should be avoided in a household with children. You could pull on them and tear the blanket to the floor. But not only the tablecloth, but also everything on the table. This can be very dangerous.

9. Set the table consciously


When setting the table, make sure that the pots with hot contents are placed in the middle of the table. Dishes should also be stored out of reach. If something is broken, shards of course must not be left lying around. It is best to put everything away immediately after using crockery, cutlery etc. The same applies to plastic bags. They rustle and are colourful. But they can be put over your head. There is a danger of suffocation. For this reason, they should not be left within the reach of children after unpacking the shopping.

10. If necessary, put the child in the playpen

If you want to be on the safe side, you should place a small child in the playpen during cooking or any other activity where the offspring cannot be observed sufficiently. This allows the child to work on the stove in peace and quiet while the child watches from a safe distance. Anything is better than risking injury or an accident. When the work is finished, the child can be given sufficient attention again.

Conclusion

Small children are curious and always on the move. They like to put themselves in danger, which we parents often do not even think about. Especially in the kitchen, there is a lot to explore and discover. If the above tips are followed, the room hardly poses any danger to your own child. Despite the safety precautions, it should of course always be kept in mind.