When you are designing a new kitchen for your home, it’s important not to think only about what will look the nicest and what will help to make your life easier. While these are important matters, what’s actually much more important is that your kitchen is as safe as possible and not likely to cause an accident. Believe it or not, kitchens contain a lot of potential hazards and thus they can be quite dangerous. Read on and follow these tips to ensure that your kitchen is as safe as it possibly can be.
In an article about safety in the kitchen you might have been expecting we’d start with looking at the oven or the hob. In fact though, what’s just as important is that you make sure your cabinets are secured firmly to the wall. If they are not, then you might find that they risk falling off after a while. If your cabinets are heavy and if they contain a large amount of glasses and crockery then this can actually be incredibly dangerous and could result in a serious injury for someone in the kitchen. Not to mention ruining all of your crockery…
Make sure that you get the best workmanship when you have these attached and check them to ensure they are as secure as possible.
Note too that you need to avoid having cabinets that open up and block your route around the kitchen with the door. Standing up and hitting your head into the corner of a cabinet door is a common and painful experience otherwise.
Also important is to avoid the floor becoming slippery which can also lead to an accident. This becomes even more important if you are holding a knife or a hot pan! The type of flooring here is important and while you don’t want your flooring to be absorbent you should try and ensure it has enough friction that you will be stable even when it’s wet.
Now onto the more obvious things. It’s crucial that your oven be as safe as possible and this means first and foremost that it should have a light indicating when it’s on. Get spare bulbs and this way you will never leave the room without turning it off. Ensure as well that the position of the oven is out of the way and that you will have somewhere to immediately place down hot items. This is an example of how a small change can make a big difference – have a clear surface near the oven and you won’t be forced to walk around with hot pans for ages!
The hob is perhaps the most dangerous cooking appliance in the kitchen so you need to ensure that you design the kitchen to minimize risk. When choosing the hob, try to go for one that will again get visibly hot to avoid you leaning your hand on it. At the same time, you should also make sure that the hob isn’t near anything that could catch fire. If you have cabinets over the top of your hob then try to ensure they are high enough and avoid putting anything in them that could spoil – remember, heat rises.
Getting a range hood here is a very good idea and can help you to prevent fires as well as eliminating smoke.
A general safety precaution that everyone should take in the kitchen is to have a nearby smoke alarm. Putting your smoke alarm in the hall just outside the kitchen is often a good choice as it means it won’t constantly go off but will still alert you to fat fires quickly!
When you are next kitchen remodeling, make sure that you discuss these matters with your contractors to ensure your kitchen ends up as safe as possible. They should be able to set you on the right track.
Author Bio: Warren Brown is a freelance blogger and an ace creative write with many years of experience writing for top blogs. Warren has written on a myriad of topics and has written several posts for us.