Slips, falls, burns, cuts, fire hazards . . . your kitchen is a likely area for accidents. Use these kitchen safety tips to keep your space safe and functional.
A fire extinguisher is a must for every kitchen. Match the extinguisher to the type of fire for the best results. Extinguishers labeled with the letters A, B or C denote the type of fire they fight.
• Class A extinguishers tackle fires involving paper, wood, textiles or plastics. The material inside smothers the fire, extinguishing it by cutting off oxygen.
• Class B extinguishers end fires involving flammable liquids, like grease, oil, gasoline and paint. They use two kinds of materials to eliminate the flames: one to smother the fire and one that creates a chemical reaction to stop the burning.
• Class C extinguishers handle electrical fires, covering them with non-conductive materials.
Each extinguisher has a number rating, in addition to the class. The number rating indicates what size fire it can handle. Some extinguishers may handle Classes A, B and C, but they will have a larger size rating for one type than for another. Read our Fire Extinguisher Buying Guide to learn more about making the right selection for your kitchen.
Outlets in in the kitchen, especially those near the sink and water lines, should be GFCI outlets. These outlets work by monitoring current flow to protect people from electrocution.
Most local codes now require these outlets in new construction. Older houses may need retrofitting. Use the “test” button monthly to ensure proper function.