The kitchen is the one place in the home where people tend to gather, prepare favorite recipes and share warm memories – but it’s also the location where two-thirds of all home fires start. Use these safety tips to identify and correct potential hazards before someone gets hurt.
- Keep the cooking area around the stove/oven clear of combustibles, such as towels, napkins and pot holders.
- Locate all appliances away from the sink and plug counter top appliances into ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs).
- Store appliance cords away from hot surfaces like the range or toaster. Unplug the toaster and other countertop appliances when not in use.
- Make sure there is room behind the refrigerator for air to circulate. Vacuum refrigerator coil every three months to eliminate dirt buildup that can reduce efficiency and create a fire hazard.
- Any electric shock from a major appliance can indicate an extremely hazardous wiring condition. Turn the power to the appliance off at the circuit breaker and do not touch the appliance until it has been checked by a licensed, qualified electrician.
- Do not use electrical appliances that have been wet – water can damage the motors in electrical appliances like freezers and refrigerators.
A healthy respect for electricity and a basic knowledge of electrical safety practices in the kitchen can help keep your home and family safe from electrical hazards. Enjoy your meals, but remember to keep safety first.