One of the major aspects of a home is its safety. Even if each room and corner in a home is critical, more care and precaution should be taken when it comes to the kitchen. The kitchen is not just a place in your home that contains your cooking needs, but is also a place where you spend a great deal of your time.
Safety in the kitchen should be practiced twenty-four hours a day because it can be a place where things might suddenly go wrong. Below is a guide to ensure safety in your kitchen.
Make sure that no wires, cords and plugs are worn out. This includes your blender, coffeemaker, toaster, mixer, microwave ovens among others. Use a junction box with built-in ground fault interrupters that allow extra plug in space instead of an extension cord. This helps avoid water/electrical shock. Get rid of broken or damaged kitchen appliances.
Use childproof locks not only on medicine cabinets but on your oven and cleaning supplies as well. Do not leave the kitchen with pots and pans cooking on the stove. Make sure to turn off the stove as soon as you take away the pot. Keep dishtowels, potholder, and oven mittens away from the stove, keep matches, and lighter in places where children cannot reach.
If you use candles around, never leave them in a room while they are still burning. Make sure they are placed in a safety place and stored in a flameproof container.
Ensure that your furniture, curtains and dishtowels are not blocking the eaters and vents.
Keep a fire extinguisher near or inside your kitchen, but keep them far from the heater or the stove. You can use salt or baking in case of grease fire if you do not have a fire extinguisher.
Keep emergency numbers on hand or in your fridge or somewhere they can be easily seen.
Turn pot handles away from the front of the stove and away from little curious hands to prevent scalding which is the most common accident that can happen in the kitchen. Hot steam can also cause scalding, so be careful when lifting lids from hot food.
In handling knives, use a cutting board all the time and keep the knife away from your body when using it. Keep them sharp and clean. Never put them in the sink or soapy water where they might not be easily visible and may cause accidents. Always lay them flat and do not attempt to catch it when it falls since you might cut your hand in the process.
Do not put the toaster, blender and other appliances near the sink. You might get an electric shock or serious injuries when water touches these appliances. Always dry your hand when plugging or unplugging appliances.
Clean up spills right away and keep the kitchen area free from toys and other items. Do not let children near the kitchen area when you are cooking. Always use a step stool when trying to reach high places in your kitchen.
Applying these kitchen safety guide helps ensure that your home is a safety place for your family.
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