Of all the rooms in our homes, our kitchens contain the most obvious set of dangers. Sharp things. Electric things. Hot things. Poisonous things. Spiky things. With a list like that, it’s all the more important we take extra care in the kitchen, especially when children are around:
"I didn't want to take any chances as I had heard about how toxic liquid laundry capsules could be, so I took Eva to hospital where she was kept in intensive care overnight.”
Juliet, mum to Eva.
- Keep dangerous medicines and cleaning products high up, out of reach and, ideally, locked away.
- Liquid laundry capsules are bright, squidgy and can, to a toddler, look just like sweets. Sadly however, inquisitive youngsters have needed medical attention after swallowing or biting them. There’s also the risk of serious eye injuries if they pop in a child’s eye. Keep them out of sight, high up or preferably locked away.
- You don’t need locks on all your kitchen cupboards but, unless you’re sure they can’t be reached, things like liquid laundry capsules, chemicals and medicines should be locked away.
- Knives can be deadly – keep them out of reach at all times, ideally in a locked drawer.