Make Your Restaurant Safe For Children
Children can have accidents in your restaurant that can prove quite terrifying. These can range from burns, which cause permanent disfigurement, and electrocution, which can prove fatal. All in all, the restaurant is never a safe place for the children to be in. So, the best way of ensuring a restaurant that is safe for children is to keep them out of it, especially when meals are being prepared. If the restaurant has children in it, they are a threat not only to themselves from the sharp knives and various electrical appliances in the restaurant, but may also cause the adult in the restaurant to get distracted, thus adding to the chances of an accident. Children can move very fast and adults can never recover fast enough from the distraction of the work they are doing to react quickly enough to prevent a child from getting hurt.
How to ensure safety?
To ensure maximum safety for children in a restaurant, it is best to see that all items like knives, appliances, cleaning supplies and cookware are kept in storage that can be locked. I would even recommend that you keep our slateplates away from them. If possible, place all such items at a height so that children cannot reach them easily. A height of six feet is best if you do not find it too inconvenient. If the establishment appliance has a rare use it is best kept in a place where the child cannot get to it at all, even if this place has to be situated away from the kitchen. This will also decrease the clutter in the kitchen that seems to attract children. Make it a rule in the house that only things that belong in a kitchen or are needed for cooking are kept in the kitchen. Never make the restaurant a place where you keep books, writing tools or newspapers as children may inadvertently come into the restaurant looking for them and thus be susceptible to an accident. Practicing this rule assiduously is a good safety measure.
Look at your restaurant through your child's eyes and see if there is anything in it there can be of interest to the child or be the cause of his inquisitiveness. Keep refrigerators and cooking ranges in such a way that a child cannot go behind them. See that all electrical wires and power outlets are never within reach of a child. Smaller children can be deterred by child gates at the entry point of the restaurant and keeping the playpen or highchair just behind the gate, so that you can see the child when you are in the establishment getting a meal ready, is a good idea.
The dishwasher is another restaurant appliance that can cause quite horrifying accidents among children because of the steam that comes from the dishwasher after it has completed part of its cycle. It constitutes a threat not only for the child but also adults if they are around. So use a dishwasher when children are not in the home or when they have gone to sleep.