We all want a stylish and modern fitted
kitchen like those found at Mascari that is beautiful to look at and a pleasure to cook in. But if you have children
the kitchen can suddenly become an incredibly dangerous place and there are a number of hazards that may not have occurred to you in the past. Kids love to explore, and for this reason the
kitchen can seem a very exciting place. All those cupboards and drawers to rummage through as well as bottles full of brightly coloured liquids that look good enough to eat! But don’t
despair, just because you have an inquisitive toddler doesn’t mean you have to forfeit the luxury of contemporary kitchen design. There are just a few simple adjustments you may have to
consider to reduce the risk of your little one coming to any harm.
You could of course fit a stair gate across the kitchen door to prevent your child from entering the kitchen at all, in theory this is a great solution but many find it impractical in everyday life and turning the kitchen into a no go area only results in making it even more appealing to the child.
These days there are some safety features that tend to be built into many modern fitted kitchens as standard as they do actually improve the function of the kitchen. Soft-closers on doors and drawers for example are fantastic. They prevent the risk of trapped fingers simply by softening the action of the door, and as they prevent slamming they ultimately prolong the life of your kitchen units. If they are not included when you buy your kitchen they are fairly cheap and easy to install at a later date. Of course soft-closers do not prevent children getting into cupboards in the first place so it is advisable to store anything hazardous such as cleaning chemicals completely out of reach. You may choose to fit cabinet lock to prevent access. These are cheap and readily available but in my experience the cabinet locks currently available are not all that reliable. They bend and snap easily and you have to drill holes into your new doors to fit them which is really not very appealing. If you are still at the planning stage consider a bridging unit situated above your kitchen sink to store cleaning products, a very modern look in contemporary kitchen design. This way they are well out of reach of even older children yet easily accessible when you need them and you will not need to fit a lock.