Once your child reaches toddler age, life can get pretty busy. You’ll want to make sure you baby-proof the home before your child starts crawling, toddling and exploring. Here we take a look at the kitchen area and recommend the best babyproofing products for the kitchen, from cooker guards and socket covers to fire safety equipment, everything you need to know for keeping young children safer in todays’ modern kitchen. Here’s a quick guide to useful babyproofing products that will keep your active baby or toddler safe in and around the kitchen and make your life as a parent easier.
In todays’ modern, open plan kitchens concertina doors are becoming increasingly popular. Heavy, robust, hinged doors which can be lethal should a child’s tiny fingers get caught up in them. Doors that open from the kitchen into the garden where young children may be in and out of frequently can be made safer with a few simple steps. An under door gripper such as the Clippasafe under door gripper prevents doors from being slammed shut and can be used on a wide range of floor surfaces. Door stoppers are ideal for popping on to a single door edge. A door stopper to prevent a door being slammed shut is a low budget item that can be popped with ease onto any door and can save tiny fingers from injury. Finger trap protection strips are the best way of protecting your child’s fingers from doors. The Safetots front and rear door finger protection strips and the Clippasafe finger trap protection strips provide full protection to the hinge side of a door preventing fingers from being able to enter this lethal area of a door.
Some of the most popular and best kitchen safety products are kitchen cupboard and drawer locks. By installing a few locks to kitchen drawers containing sharp utensils or cupboards containing cleaning goods, infants are prevented from accessing these areas and kept safe from coming into contact with potential dangerous kitchen items. Magnetic kitchen drawer locks such as the Safetots magnetic cupboard and drawer lock are becoming increasingly popular with parents as they are installed with adhesive pads and there is no lasting damage to kitchen furniture. Locks for kitchen units can either be installed internally or externally depending on the type of lock purchased.
Scolding oven hobs, hot oven doors, boiling kettles, exposed sockets, leads and potential wet, slippery surfaces are just a few of the potential dangers infants face when entering the kitchen. As parents we are wired to instinctively know what we need to do to protect our children and keep them safe, however, it’s not always possible to have that watchful eye over them at all times around the clock. Babyproofing products for the kitchen enable you to child proof cooker hobs, oven doors, sockets and generally keep children safer in a potentially hazardous zone of the home.
Hob guards and hob screens, are clear glass screens that clip onto a stove and prevent infants from reaching up and touching a hot hob. Before ordering a hob cover, make sure it is compatible with your style and brand of oven. Hob guards protect infants from burn injuries caused by contact with a hot stove. Cooker guards often have a dual function and rotate downwards to cover the knobs on an oven, preventing children from switching the oven on and off and potentially leaving gas running. Clippasafe Oven and stove knob guards are separate fixtures that fix to the dials, suitable for stove and oven knobs.
The external door of an oven can reach considerably hot temperatures and it’s very easy at toddler height to come into direct contact with the oven. Oven door guards fit over the glass front of an oven door and protect children from the hot temperatures should they come into contact with the door. The Safetots oven door guard is adjustable between 40cm and 60cm.
Young children can sometimes find fascination with plug sockets, poking their tiny fingers into the holes or better still squashing objects or food into the sockets. By Fitting socket covers to unused sockets, children are kept safe and the cost of replacing a socket due to damage is avoided. Ensure any sockets in use have leads that are safely tucked away, tied back or sealed beneath cable ties to avoid any accidents from being caught up with a cable.
In any kitchen where gas and electric is present there is always a risk of fire breaking out. Be prepared in the event of a fire breaking out in the kitchen by keeping a fire blanket or a fire extinguisher close to hand. Keep a small extinguisher in an accessible area of the kitchen, in either a cupboard, under the sink or better still, fixed to a wall. A first alert fire blanket will extinguish small fires immediately when the fire is smothered by a blanket. The first alert multi purpose fire extinguisher will enable you to extinguish or control a small fire in the home.
The key to baby safety is prevention. By installing a safety gate at your kitchen door, your child will be prevented from entering the kitchen unless supervised by an adult. Safety gates can be pressure fitted or screw fitted and come in a range of sizes and styles to match various interiors in todays’ modern homes. Install a baby gate to the entrance of your kitchen and take comfort in the knowledge that your child cannot enter the kitchen without you.
KEEP PANS AND KETTLES OUT OF REACH
Make sure that any hot pans in use and recently boiled kettles are out of your infants reach. Many accidents in the kitchen occur from infants, reaching and grabbing hot pans and boiling kettles. Easy to avoid incidents with just a bit more thought.
KEEP WET SURFACES DRY
Be sure to mop up any spills from kitchen surfaces and floor tiles as quickly as possible. A wet tiled floor surface can lead to slips and falls and dreadful injuries.
For further advice on childproofing your kitchen for your active baby or toddler, call Safetots on 01438 728888 or email us at email@example.com.