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Cooking appliances pose dangerous fire hazards and cooking implements pose personal injury hazards. With that in mind, the kitchen is easily one of the most dangerous spots in the house. Use these kitchen safety tips to keep your kitchen safe and functional.
Protective and Safety Equipment
A fire extinguisher is a must for every kitchen, the place where so many house fires start. There are different extinguishers for different types of fires. You will notice labels on the units marked A, B and C. These letters refer to which types of fires the extinguishers are meant to fight:
Each extinguisher also has a rating number indicating what size fire it can handle. Some units are rated for all three types of fires, but they have a larger size rating for one type than for another. Choose a fire extinguisher that is right for the types of fire that might break out in a particular area.
Make sure that plugs near the sink are GFCI outlets, which are designed to monitor the current going to and coming from the receptacle. GFCI stands for ground-fault current interrupter.
If electricity started flowing through an improper channel to the ground for example, your body there would be a drop in the current on the proper path. Within a fraction of a second of detecting that current imbalance, a properly installed GFCI would shut that circuit down. You might get shocked, but you should be safe from electrocution.
Most local codes now require these outlets in new construction, but older houses might not have them in place. Test the GFCI outlets monthly (using the test button) so you can be sure they will work when they are needed.