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The kitchen is, as we’ve always been told, the heart of the home. It is here that most of our conversations, cooking, sometimes dining and many other functions such as the morning rush and lunchtime hurry enter into play.

In an atmosphere where cleaning, cooking, cutting and washing enters into play, is it any wonder that so many accidents take place in this room?

There are a few steps you can take to assure the safety of those who enter your kitchen and taken one at a time, they are wise to implement.

The National Kitchen and Bath Association recommends a few simple tips to keep your kitchen safe for yourself and your children and following these basic common sense rules and implementing the changes they recommend will assure that your own kitchen isn’t housed somewhere in the accident statistics:

Step One

Assure adequate and proper lighting in the kitchen. Focused lighting, that permits you to see the surface you are working on very clearly will help to lower the chance of an injury while making the meal, or simply walking through. The lighting should be low glare and high intensity, which does not produce shadowy areas.

Step Two

Make sure that your flooring is slip resistant. Some wiser choices for kitchen flooring might be wood, laminate or soft glazed ceramic. If you select tile, a few throw rugs under areas prone to becoming wet might be in order, however assure that each and every rug you use will have a non skid backing, and if it does not, add one prior to using it.

Step Three

Make certain that every kitchen has a storage area to house a fire extinguisher and make it visible, set away from the cooking areas, so it is not close to the source of the fire itself. Be certain that everyone in the home knows where it is and how to use it, if you place it under a cabinet or other hidden areas.

Step Four

Make certain that your switches, electrical plugs and any fixtures or connections or lighting are well away from the water source, such as the sink, where wet hands won’t come into accidental contact.

Step Five

Make sure that your hot water is regulated and that anti scald devices will prevent your water from taking on a temperature that can burn small, or even big fingers.

Step Six

Make sure that your kitchen floorplan is safe. Consider how the traffic in your kitchen will flow and arrange the floorplan to keep that excessive traffic away from the area where you will cook or chop. For example, chop over the sink and assure tat the range where you cook is not near to a hallway exit that is well used.

Step Seven

Never place the microwave above the chest level, so that it isn’t necessary to reach up to retrieve your food and thereby perhaps causing a burn from hot food spillage. It isn’t easy to maintain a level balance when reaching upwards.

Step Eight

Round off the corners on your countertops and sink areas, particularly those which are often walked past, such as the center island or the breakfast bar, to prevent slips and injury while moving past them. Children particularly, with their lowered height are susceptible to banging a head or shoulder on a sharp counter. The rounded edge may be what prevents stitches.

By taking these simple small steps, you may make the difference for your family .Make your kitchen the safe and secure place it was meant to be so that it can be enjoyed as a warm haven in your home.


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