Most kitchens do not have doors, meaning that it can be difficult to restrict child access into the area. However, there are some additional measures that can be taken.
Appliances such as kettles, toasters and electric knives can be hazardous to children. They should be kept out of reach at all times.
Cleaning products are commonly kept in the kitchen, often under the kitchen sink. They should not be accessible to children.
Kitchen cupboards contain many hazardous items such as cleaning products, appliances, cutlery and crockery. Child access to these should be prevented. Locking one cupboard door on a series of cupboards that are all internally connected will not keep your child safe. You would need to lock each individual door.
It is essential to keep microwaves out of reach from children.
Burns can be easily caused from contact with the hot interiors and exteriors of ovens and stoves. The position of ovens can influence the likelihood of burns, as can the use of guards and safety items.
There are many items found in kitchens that need to be safely stored. These include cleaning products and chemicals, appliances, cutlery and crockery, as well as food stuffs and other miscellaneous items.
Scalds can easily occur if pots and pans are pulled of the stove top, while burns can be caused from children touching hot hotplates.