Parents of young children have a lot to worry about. From the moment they are born, your kids have explored in an effort to understand their environment. While you want to encourage their growth, safety is still a top priority. However, it’s not always easy for you to find the balance between allowing learning to happen naturally and removing hazards. Take some time to investigate your home security from the viewpoint of your kids. Start with one of the most dangerous rooms in the house, the kitchen.
Kitchens are full of hot or sharp objects. Very young children may be attracted to the knob on your stove, not knowing that reaching up there is dangerous. According to Food Beast, the majority of kitchen-related accidents involve a knife. Furthermore, over 150,000 home fires are started in the kitchen annually. Protect yourself with wireless photoelectric smoke detectors that are monitored by professionals and are also interactive. These modern smoke detectors will sound an alarm, alert the authorities and even send you a text message when there is a problem. Keep your young children safe from these dangers by following a few steps.
Hide Sharp Objects
Store your knives, forks, scissors, etc., in a drawer that has a childproof lock. Kids like to climb, and if you leave these items on the counter, they could be within reach. Installing a childproof lock on your sharp object drawer will prevent your toddlers from accidentally opening it. Put the knives away immediately after washing them rather than leaving them in the drying rack.
Lock the Dishwasher
Install a lock on your dishwasher so that the kids can’t get in. Your children might be curious where that noise is coming from and try to open the dishwasher. They could also access it when it’s not running. Your dishwasher is full of breakable plates and bowls and potentially sharp utensils. Keep those items secure with a dishwasher lock.
Guard the Stove
Place protectors on stove knobs to prevent the kids from lighting the range. These devices require you to squeeze them in the right way to turn the knob. Use a lock to keep the oven door closed. Your kids could wander into the kitchen while something is baking and open the door.
Move objects like chairs and step stools away from the counters and your appliances. Once your kids are on a chair they may decide to reach for the stove. By keeping climbable objects out of the way, you are securing the items on top of your counters.
Push Supplies Back
The cutting board, spice rack, napkin holder and more should all be placed away from countertop edges. Your toddlers might be able to reach the object and pull it down if they are near the ledge. This is less likely to occur if the items are against the wall.
Install Smoke Detectors
Smoke detectors are essential in every home, whether you have kids or not. Most fires occur in the kitchen as a result of cooking. Keep you and your kids safe by installing smoke detectors and regularly checking the batteries. However, fire protection starts with prevention. Never leave the kids alone in the kitchen and never abandon a stove or oven that is still on.
Turn Handles Away
Turn the handles of your pots and pans so that they don’t hang over the edge of the stove. These utensils are filled with hot food and liquid that will burn your kids if it fell on them. Unfortunately, your toddlers don’t know that reaching for a handle can cause the objects to fall.
Many homeowners keep chemical cleaning products under their kitchen sinks. This is all well and good, as long as the cabinet is locked. Kids might open the doors and think that bright blue glass cleaner seems appetizing. Cleaners are incredibly dangerous.
If your children get past the locks you installed, call a Poison Control Center. Have the number to the nearest center posted in a convenient location. Have the bottle of the chemical in hand and be prepared to give your kids’ age, weight, health conditions, what the substance was, how your kids made contact (drank, spilled in eyes, etc.), first aid you’ve given, whether they’ve vomited and how long it will take to get to the hospital from your location.
Hide Vitamins and Medicine
Use your higher cabinets to store medicine or vitamins. While the latter aren’t as dangerous, kids could still choke on a pill. If you are still concerned, lock the cabinet.