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How To Child Proof Your Kitchen

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When you’re expecting a baby, there are a lot of things to consider, from nursery design to daycare. Because your kitchen is home to a slew of dangers like high heat, toxic chemicals and sharp objects, you’ve got to put child proofing the kitchen at the top of the list. Browse this guide from Kitchen Cabinet Kings to learn the best ways to make your kitchen safer for little ones.

Child Proofing Kitchen Cabinets & Drawers

Your cabinets and drawers are a real danger zone for kids. You don’t want them to have any access to sharp utensils, cleaning supplies or food that can make a mess. To properly child proof kitchen cabinets and drawers, be sure to install drawers with automatic closing mechanisms that keep the drawer shut. You’ll also want to add locking devices to low-level cabinets — especially cabinets that house your chemical-laden cleaning supplies — to ensure that curious tots can’t open the doors.

  • Install internal locking mechanisms on all ground-level cabinets
  • Install drawers with automatic closing mechanisms
  • Put all cleaning supplies, pesticides and toxic household solutions in a top-level cabinet
  • Put all sharp objects, including aluminum foil containers with sharp cutting edges, in locking drawers or high cabinets
  • With all your empty ground-level cabinets, store child-safe items like kitchen towels and aprons

Child Proofing Electrical Elements

The kitchen is home to a slew of hazardous electrical elements, including appliances, outlets and lighting. Don’t give little ones the opportunity to explore dangerous electrical components. You can easily enhance your kitchen’s kid-friendliness with a few affordable outlet covers and appliance locks. Before you even begin to child proof your kitchen, make sure your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are in good working condition.

  • Cover all outlets with plug-in socket blocks
  • Get comfortable using the stovetop’s back burners to keep small hands out of reach of high heat
  • Never leave the dishwasher open while not in use
  • If possible, remove stove dials when not in use or install child proof stove knob covers
  • Install locking mechanisms or latches on your appliances
  • Add an anti-scalding device to your kitchen sink
  • Remove all floor lamps and counter lamps

Additional Kitchen Child Proofing Tips

To easily add extra safety to your kitchen, consider installing edge and corner guards on kitchen counters and tables. This will keep your child safe from sharp surface edges. You’ll also want to consider things like the windows, garbage bins and pantry when child proofing your kitchen. If you take all of this into consideration, there’s no reason why your little one shouldn’t be able to enjoy the best room in your home with you.

  • Keep a lid on the trash can at all times
  • Install a household fire extinguisher
  • Install edge and corner guards
  • Make sure your windows lock
  • Throw out your high-chemical cleaning supplies and replace them with all-natural solutions
  • Invest in safety gates and keep the kids out of the kitchen while you’re cooking
  • Install cabinet knob covers to keep tall tots out of the pantry or kitchen closet

For more child proofing tips, reference the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s childproofing guide.

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The kitchen is full of hazards for small children. Even if you don’t have children of your own, if you entertain for people with small children, these are still important things to consider.

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