Make Your Kitchen Safer
Kitchens always seem to be the one place in a home that gather the most people. During holidays, parties, or just having a few friends over, everyone seems to gravitate toward the kitchen. And why wouldn’t they? It’s where the food and drinks are stored! But any place that’s going to have a group of people in it needs to be a safe place, and although kitchens can be a comfortable space to be in, they can also be a little treacherous.
From sharp objects to strong cleaning solutions to appliances generating incredible heat, your kitchen has quite a few points that can be harmful—if you’re not paying attention. Here are a few ways you can make your kitchen a safer environment for your family and friends.
Keep your cooking knives, steak knives, butcher knives—anything with an overtly sharp blade—away from the reach of children and always keep them in a place where the blade is securely covered. You never know when someone may be reaching for something else and pull down your knife set, or if you keep them in a drawer, when someone may be rummaging for another utensil and accidentally grab hold of a knife. It is also good practice to always wash your knives and sharp utensils by hand. Placing this items in the dishwasher can create an unsafe environment when unloading the dishwasher. It’s best just to hand wash, dry, and store the items immediately.
Never use your oven to heat your home in the winter. It may be tempting after baking muffins to leave the heat running in the winter, after all who doesn’t like feeling cozy during brutal weather? But this poses a threat to your kitchen and home in different ways. Obviously, family members can accidentally burn themselves on an open oven, but it also emits certain levels of gases into the air, increasing your Carbon Monoxide emissions. Especially if you haven’t cleaned your oven in a while, which brings us to another safety tip: clean your oven.
Ovens contain high heat and build up residue from being used so often. It’s important to clean out the entire oven, the top, bottom, and all the gunk that falls beneath to ensure that when you use it you’re not burning harmful residue which releases toxins into the air. Additionally, it’s smart to check and make sure ovens and other large appliances are connected properly. Loose plugs or hookups can make using these household norms dangerous and you risk creating sparks which can lead to house fires.
Keeping things clean is of course important for more than just safety, however, what you use to clean is also something to think about. Household cleaners are plentiful and many of the stronger solutions can pose imminent danger to you and your family or guests. Anything with bleach should be contained in a bottle that is child-safe, which means it’s not simply a twist off cap. Keep these types of solutions high up and in a place that isn’t obvious so when you’re entertaining, the chances of people or children stumbling onto them decrease. Also, be aware of storage temperatures. Many solutions need to be kept in a relatively cool atmosphere, so don’t place them near an oven, stove, or near water heaters. Additionally, keep them away from freezers or any other area in your home that can contribute to a severe temperature fluctuations.
Of course, if you ever have questions on how to safe-proof your kitchen, or any other room in your home, there are always home security professionals who would be happy to assist you, and even come out to do an analysis of your home and its surroundings. You can never be too safe or too cautious when it comes to protecting those you care about, so make sure to double check your kitchen before any gathering.