Keeping your home safe and secure is always important, but never more so than after you have children. Aside from protecting them from outside dangers, parents must also take steps to create a safe internal environment for their children. Babyproofing is a process through which dangers within your home are mitigated and is just as important as installing a good lock or making sure that your garage door is secured. The following tips are offered to assist parents who are preparing to babyproof their kitchen.
Securing Cabinet Doors
A great place to begin is by securing your cabinet doors. Lower cabinets are a place of mystery and tend to intrigue to young children. After all, who knows what treasures might be hidden away behind all of those doors? There are a few different babyproofing products that are specifically created for cabinet doors. Choose one that is effective at keeping little hands out of the cabinets, while also simple enough for the grown-ups to operate!
Think Big and Tall
Next, tackle the large appliances. There are special locks designed to secure ovens, dishwashers and even the refrigerator. While there may be nothing inherently dangerous in the fridge, kids have been known to open the door, climb the shelves to reach something and fall backward onto the kitchen floor, with food items falling right on top of them as they go. Better to secure these doors and have the peace of mind that the kids aren't going to get into things.
Put a Lock on the Trash Can
Many people don't think about the trash can while babyproofing, but it makes sense to keep little ones out of this area. Not only is the trash just plain yucky, but it also harbors a lot of bacteria from food preparation. Placing a simple lid latch on the trash can is enough to keep kids out, yet easy to operate so that adults can still use the trash bin. Some parents opt to switch to a smaller can and just store it behind a locked cabinet door.
The Cabinet Under the Sink
In many houses, this is is one of the most dangerous areas, although it is often overlooked. Most people use the cabinet below the sink to store cleaning products, many of which contain dangerous chemicals. Unless your cabinets are brand new, the bottom shelf of this cabinet has likely seen many years of drips, leaks and spills from cleaning products. Those chemicals can soak into the wood or other flooring surfaces, and cannot always be easily seen. When a sticky little hand is pressed onto the bottom shelf of this cabinet, those chemicals can get on your child's skin, which in many cases, is destined to go right into their mouth. If you secure no other cabinet in your kitchen, make sure that this one is locked, and consider moving the household chemicals to an upper cabinet or a shelf in the garage.
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