Having the kettle boiling while the kids are playing in the kitchen can be dangerous. It just takes one of them to knock it over and there could be a serious injury – a definite safety risk.
There are many dangers inherent with boiling water, the most obvious of which is burns. As parents it is fundamental to be vigilant when using a kettle around small children; for starters the kettle and its cord should be placed at the back of any counter out of reach from small fingers who could potential grab at it; spillages of boiling water can be painfully harmful especially to young skin – do not carry a kettle over a small child or have them able to pull at your legs or cause you to trip.
Whilst good safety practices can help protect you from these dangers, they can only do so much. Kettles can be easily knocked from surfaces or be overfilled resulting in numerous risks being posed to their users.
Kettles can also get a little bit horrible inside sometimes due to a limescale build up. This means that if you choose to boil your water in your kettle, this limescale may break off into your water and you could end up drinking it. This isn’t really very good for anyone – especially if you are using the boiling water to sterilise things such as bottles.
Thankfully, there is a new alternative to using a kettle to get boiling water. As part of your child safety precautions parents should consider installing a Quooker tap which provides immediate boiling water – offering convenience as well as a number of other benefits.
By using this equipment which sits stylishly on your worktop you take away the risk of the kettle making the kitchen a more child friendly safety zone as well as avoiding the nastiness of limescale build up – what a treat!
Quooker taps eliminate the need for a kettle, taking away the risk of it being knocked over by a small child, and also avoids any potential burns by boiling water or steam.
Whilst boiling water, allowing it to cool and then boiling it again is not likely to present much of a health risk, it's best if you don't let water boil down, which concentrates minerals and contaminants, and only do it once or twice rather than making it your standard practice.
Pregnant women at risk for certain illnesses may wish to avoid reboiling water at all.