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Keep Your Kitchen Safe

The kitchen, next to the bathroom, is an area where accidents are not uncommon. That’s why it’s important to make your kitchen safe especially if you have kids. Smoke alarms, child-proof items, and proper bottle labels are just some of the things you can use to make your kitchen safe.
Keep Your Kitchen Safe

Next to the bathroom, the kitchen is one of the most common sites for household accidents. That’s not very surprising; after all, it’s where most of the hazards are—sharp tools, hot surfaces, slippery floors. If you’ve spent a small fortune building up your kitchen, it pays to spend a little more on making it safe for you and your family.

The most common causes of accidents are low-quality equipment, poor positioning, and general carelessness. Designing a safe kitchen focuses on these three areas. You don’t have to remodel your entire kitchen to make it safe; often it’s just a matter of rearranging and replacing a few key items. Here are some kitchen changes that can come in handy.

Install smoke alarms. Most fires start in the kitchen, and this is understandable. The kitchen houses your home’s biggest fire hazards: the gas tank, the stove, lighter fluid. Large houses can have smoke alarms in every room, but the average household can do with one in the kitchen. Place alarms near stoves, ovens, and common sources of fire. Have it replaced once or twice a year.

Child-proof your kitchen. Keep knives, forks, can openers, and other sharp objects away from children’s reach. The safest place to put them is in a locked kitchen drawer, but that can be a hassle when you’re cooking. Instead, get a sturdy knife holder and place it on the far end of your counter. Don’t hang heavy pots and pans over the counter—they can fall and hurt someone. Put them in a large drainer or a wall rack over your sink. Do the same with lighters, matches, and igniters.

Unplug cords when not in use. Blenders, food processors, and electric knives can be turned on by mistake and cause accidents. When not in use, unplug small appliances and keep them on a shelf. Frequently used items, such as microwaves, should have safety locks to keep kids from fiddling with the controls. Try to work on the same surface as the power outlet—wires running from the sink to the island counter can cause accidents. If possible, replace straight cords with curly ones so that they don’t get yanked off when someone trips over them.

Prevent slips and falls. Not surprisingly, the sink is the most common site for slips and falls, especially if you have kids running around. Keep them in check by placing an absorbent rug below the sink. Clean up spills immediately, especially those near stoves and ovens. Don’t leave out peels, rags, or anything people can slip on. If you can, redo your flooring with non-slip tiles to prevent accidents.

Label your bottles. As much as possible, avoid putting cleaners and other chemicals in used drinking bottles. Kids accidentally drinking from the wrong bottle are a common cause of poisoning. If you have to reuse your bottles, label them clearly and keep them out of children’s reach.