To help you, we have a list of tips and tricks to help you make your own kitchen area as safe as possible. When the health and safety of little ones is something to consider, then no task should be too big to achieve in order to keep your family safe. Without further ado, here is a kitchen safety guide for your family!
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1. Keep Stoves Away from WindowsSomething to consider when designing the layout of your kitchen is to avoid placing stoves and ranges near open window spaces. The reasoning behind this is that curtains can very easily blow into the room with a gust of wind and catch on a flame if you aren’t paying enough attention.
In a similar fashion, avoid placing stoves by open doorways because people walking in and out of the kitchen raises the risk of a flame catching on sleeves or loose clothing. There should be enough room between the stove and doorway, so people do not easily brush up against a pan to knock it off the burner.
2. Separate Fridge and FreezerIt can be tempting to place all of your white goods together for space saving purposes, but you should look to separating your fridge from your freezer in the kitchen. This is for reasons of hygiene and health more than safety, because if one appliance breaks down and starts breeding bad bacteria, this will be more easily transferred to the other unit if they are side by side.
They will also generate heat when next to each other which means they have to work harder to keep cool, thereby using more energy.
3. Keep the Stove Away from the SinkDon’t have your stove tops placed right by your sink, because it can cause all kinds of trouble if water starts to splash into pans of hot fat and oil. We’re talking potential fire ignition and explosions! Experts say that you should leave a gap of at least 24 inches between stove and sink, but ideally the further apart they can be, the safer your kitchen is going to be.
4. Keep A Fire Blanket HandyEven the most safe and sensible people can have accidents from time to time, so the best way to eliminate making a problem worse is to have a fire blanket stored somewhere in the kitchen. Smothering a fire is the best way to extinguish it quickly and effectively, simply because it deprives the blossoming flames of oxygen stops them from spreading to other areas of the kitchen.
5. Install Non-Slip FlooringThe kitchen is one of the rooms in the house where spillages and stains are most likely to occur, which means that the risk of slipping on tiles or linoleum is higher than the living room or bedroom. You can counteract this by installing a non-slip flooring that helps your feet to grip even if you have dropped a pan or smashed a couple of eggs. Anything reduced the possibility of falling in the kitchen is a good thing.
6. Pay Attention to LightingLighting in the kitchen is much more important than you might initially think. When you are using sharp knives to chop ingredients, you want as good a view as possible, so think about spotlighting over specific countertops and areas. The same goes for above the stove as you don’t want to be doing any sharp cutting or hot cooking in anything less than bright, vivid light. The more highlighted your cooking areas are, the less likely you are to make a silly mistake and get injured.
7. Always Help ChildrenIt’s a great thing if your children are interested in food and cooking, but equally there are so many things that can go wrong when little hands are getting busy in the kitchen. By all means, encourage your young kids to get involved with cooking and healthy eating choices, but make sure that you are always around to guide and assist them with things like the stove and the knife drawer.
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