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Keeping Kids Safe In the Kitchen

By Malcolm Rivers

Kitchens are full of things that can harm people. Kitchens have a variety of chemicals, many of which are poisonous and can damage eyes, or even skin, if spilled or consumed. There are 3 pieces of the equation when it comes to protecting kids from the dangers of an unsupervised kitchen. The first piece is utensils; knives, forks, or anything sharp, heavy or otherwise potentially harmful. The second piece is appliances; microwaves, stoves, ovens, or other installed pieces used to cook or prepare food that can potentially hurt a child. The third piece is chemicals; the substances in and around the kitchen that can hurt or injure a child or children. Keep reading to find out how to protect your loved ones from these potentially dangerous items!

Knives, Forks and Other Utensils

Knives, forks and other very sharp or dangerous items in a kitchen are dangerous, nothing surprising there. What isn't always clear is how to handle the reality of the dangers posed by sharp or heavy utensils. The first is to know where they're located. If you know where more dangerous utensils are located, or choose to place them all in a specific area, you can control access to that area, preventing kids from freely touching them. Locking drawers which hold dangerous utensils or placing them in areas which are harder for children to reach are good ways to keep the kids safe from them. Another key element of this is training. Kids will be much safer if you train them about which areas are off limits, which types of utensils should be left alone or, depending on their age groups, how the utensils should be used. Next up are appliances.

Appliances

Kitchen appliances can be dangerous if kids use them inappropriately. The best way to mitigate the potential danger and help kids avoid hurting themselves with kitchen appliances is by doing two things; making mild changes to the appliances and their locations and by training children in which appliances not to use or, if appropriate, how to use them. If you regularly unplug potentially dangerous appliances like blenders and mechanical eggbeaters, your kids are more likely to be safe from their misuses. Placing dangerous appliances away from the edges of counters or other places where small hands are likely to reach them more easily is another way to further enhance your kitchen's safety for kids. Some appliances like ovens can also be adjusted to settings which prohibit, or at least deter, young kids from using them and accidentally injuring themselves. Now it's time for chemicals.

Chemicals

Household cleaning products are frequently found in kitchens, usually under the sink. These products range from industrial cleaners to cooking products. Many chemicals in kitchens are dangerous or deadly. There are some ways to mitigate risk built into the very bottles and other ways that require training. One way to keep your kids safe is to use 'child proof' bottles for your household chemical needs. A second means of protecting kids from household chemicals is by checking the ingredients of each and locking the bottles in a safe place so that kids can't access them. A third way to keep kids from hurting themselves with household chemicals is by training them to never to open or drink from bottles found anywhere in the kitchen.

Chemicals, appliances and utensils all pose risks for kids in the kitchen of your home or apartment. Use the tips in this article to understand how to keep those kids safe from the dangers of the kitchen. Good luck!

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In 2005, Malcolm attended Harvard University where he received his Bachelors of Arts...

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