Everyone knows about baby-proofing a home, but one of the areas that need to be kept safe from all kids, and even pets, is the kitchen. From fire hazards to choking hazards and many things in between, keeping your kitchen safe can be challenging. Here are some tips that can help to give you the peace of mind to know that your kitchen is a safe place for everyone in your home.
Mind the Sharp Objects
If you have older kids or larger dogs, make sure to keep knives and other kitchen appliances out of reach and away from the edge of countertops. Keeping knives in sheaths or cutting blocks is a good idea, but you still want to make sure they are out of reach of any nosy kids and pets.
Lock the Control
Many appliances today have child lock features on them to prevent accidental engagement. This safety feature is a good idea if you have younger children in the house, especially nosier ones!
Check the Wires
Make sure to keep any exposed wires out of sight. Curious pets may begin to chew on live wires, or some adventurous children may also meddle with them if given the opportunity.
Keep the Pantry Closed
This one works two-fold for both the kids and the pets. Out of sight, out of mind is definitely true when it comes to most pets and kids. Removing the temptation from them may prevent climbing or reaching in the pantry. This tip can also help to prevent any choking incidents by avoiding unsupervised eating of things that could be harmful.
Unplug Unused Small Appliances
Ensure to unplug unused coffee machines or standing mixers, as both can be accidentally turned on and lead to a potential injury.
Most of these tips apply to both kids and pets, and it is easy to see why. Both kids and pets can be curious, and it is best to prepare for these things as they could lead to serious injury or worse.