24% of domestic accidents are concentrated in the kitchen: cuts, burns, falls… The potential dangers are numerous for curious children. A few tips on how to set up the kitchen will help avoid small and big tragedies and ensure the safety of children.
In the kitchen, children under six years old are often touchy-feely and are not aware of the dangers. However, this room concentrates the risks, with potentially dangerous utensils (oven, cooking plates, knives), oil projections… The first rule is to never leave a child alone without supervision in the kitchen. Even if you think you have thought of everything, a silly accident can happen where you least expect it.
Prevent falls for the safety of children
- Do not leave a baby in a high chair without supervision. If they move, they could fall out.
- Do not carry a child in the kitchen when handling hot or heavy utensils.
- Always clean the tiles after cooking if there is oil or food on the floor.
- Allow the floor to dry thoroughly after washing and do not leave the mop lying around, which could cause a child to slip.
For the safety of children, always check the temperature of the bottles, drinks and meals you serve. Be careful: sometimes the container does not seem as hot as the contents.
- Choose induction cooktops, which stay cool even when the pan is removed.
- Move pots and pans away from the edge of the hob and turn the handle towards the wall.
- Most ovens are now equipped with a cold wall. However, you can place a cloth over the handle to discourage the child from opening it.
- Avoid tablecloths on the table: the child could pull it off and spill hot liquid on himself.
- Keep your child out of the way when cooking to avoid splashing hot oil or dropping hot food.
- Install mixing valves with cold water in the middle position.
Do not leave knives and scissors in an accessible drawer, or equip your furniture with blockers (to be bought in a DIY store).
Also be careful with graters, vegetable peelers or even nutcrackers, which can cause children to get their fingers caught.
- Place knives in the dishwasher with the tip down for the safety of children.
- Store glasses and jars that could break in an overhead or enclosed cupboard.
- Discard open cans with sharp edges immediately.
- Keep children safe and prevent food poisoning
- Never mix food products with household products. Household products should be stored outside the kitchen in a closed cupboard.
- Do not use old food containers to store household products (e.g. dishwashing liquid in a juice bottle).
- Medication should be kept in a closed cupboard outside the kitchen, even if you take it with meals.
- Beware of dishwashing tablets in pods, which may be attractive to children because of their size and appearance.
- Store small foods (peanuts, hazelnuts, pistachios, etc.), which can be choked on, in closed boxes (preferably with screws) and stored high up.
Do not leave bottles of alcohol within easy reach.