Cooking Appliances and Children’s Safety

 

Having your kids alongside when cooking is excellent because it is an opportunity to teach them this essential life skill, pass to them the family recipes, spend quality time and even evoke curiosity in kids about trying new recipes and foods.  According to recent research by a home appliance insurance company Prominence Support, children perceive the kitchen as a compelling place. They see this as an out of the world experience when their parents are bustling around or even getting colourful items from cupboards and refrigerators. Mostly, toddlers, they are at a curios stage where they want to part of everything that their mother does. Despite the exhilarating experience, the kitchen is potentially hazardous.

The buzzing activities, the kid’s innate curiosity and the divided attention from the parent raise security issues, risks, and concerns for children. Hazards can occur anytime and this calls for an understanding of how to address and avert the events.  A kitchen is a dangerous place for kids and this explains why some experts advise against having children in the food preparation area.  However, it is a difficult rule to implement because most parents spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Children are more attracted to activity-intense areas.

Apart from toddlers, there are children when home alone, can make use of home appliances.  It is common to use these appliances in cleaning or food preparation when the adults are not at home.  As children use these appliances, chances of accidents increase to greater folds. It is common to report accidents involving appliances like fires, falls, cuts, scalds, and burns.  These accidents are prone when the children do not have the motor skills to operate them or are too short to see or use. Besides, accidents are attributed to children not being trained or having no experience in how to safely use home appliances.

For children who can operate home appliances, the parent should spell the safety instructions. Also, it is the role of the parent to ensure that the appliances have been installed properly and in good condition. To have these in good condition, emphasis should be on regular maintenance and this can be achieved through appliance insurance.  Doing the overall check-up of the appliances can be useful in preventing accidents and adverse events. For instance, when checking the appliances, the attention should be on those cords that can easily trip over children.  Emphasis should be on sharp objects like scissors, knives, and forks. These appliances should be locked about in a safe, out of children’s rich. Safety issues emerge with electronic appliances. When not in use, these appliances should be unplugged.  The safety of appliances is equally achieved by shopping for the right equipment. For instance, care to have a look and assessment of the cooker to ensure that it is properly insulated. The most important thing is to have a fire extinguisher next to the kitchen. 

For parents, they should understand that poison control centres have always reported cases of poisoning from detergents. These chemicals are very dangerous, even a small amount can lead to respiratory problems in a child. Hence, to practice the best kitchen safety, they should be better kept out of the children’s reach.  Accidents are sometimes inevitable. Therefore, if such occurs, one should have an emergency HelpLine or Fire Response team.  At times, keeping a first-aid tool-kit in the kitchen is necessary to prevent a worsening situation before the arrival of the emergency response team.