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kitchen safety

The kitchen represents a real design challenge. Large appliances, plenty or storage, workspace and possibly a casual eating area must come together in harmony. Asians are no longer satisfied with a typical kitchen that serves their purpose. A beautiful and artistically designed kitchen not only brings great satisfaction to the soul of homemakers, it also serves as a topic of conversation for their invited guests. Yet if it doesn't function properly, it doesn't matter how good it looks. So, in the kitchen, efficient function is crucial. Today our focal point is kitchen safety. We will describe some essential safety points.

Slippery hazards: Generally people love shiny tiles. Glazed floor tiles are beautiful, but dangerous. A thin coating of oil or soapy water can make it slick as ice. If you have a choice, avoid glazed tiles for kitchen floors. Often when you are working in the kitchen you are moving fast. Don't leave boxes, stools, bags of groceries or anything else out on the floor where they can trip a fast moving cook.

Shocking troubles: Don't use appliances near the sink. If one falls in, it can electrocute anyone nearby. Don't overload circuits by using multiple plugs, extension cords or the like. If you have old wiring, it is often a good idea to get it checked by a professional for load carrying capacity.

Fire: It is safer to stay in the kitchen when cooking and never leave cooking unattended. Oil or fat can easily ignite. Also always turn oven and burners off when cooking is done and unplug electrical appliances when not in use.

Sometimes a grease fire erupts in a pan on top of the stove; quickly and carefully cover the pan with a lid or a larger pan. Never use water. If the fire is in the oven, turn the controls off and close the door tightly.

Children, verboten: Children and kitchens aren't a good mix. Continuous and adequate supervision of children in the kitchen is of prime importance. As a child's mobility and curiosity increases, appropriate supervision becomes essential. Keep small children out of the kitchen when the oven is in use.

Keep the child at a safe distance from all hot items by using highchairs, child safety gates, playpens, etc. Create a safe zone for children. Keep them out of the household traffic path and check for their location before moving any hot or heavy item.

Chemical concerns: Any kind of deter agent or pest control poison prevention is also important for safety. Never transfer poisonous or caustic products to drinking glasses, pop bottles, or other food containers. Store all harmful products away from food to avoid mistaken consumption.

Metal mettle: Exercise caution when storing knives and other sharp utensils in the kitchen. Don't leave sharp knives loose in a drawer. Not only will banging around in a drawer ruin the good sharp edge you have on your knives, someone for sure will reach in the drawer and come out with a cut, and it will probably be you.

Healthy hands: Dirty hands and food make a deadly combination, so always wash your hands in hot, soapy water, scrubbing for 10-15 seconds before and after handling raw meat, poultry, seafood, or eggs. Wash fresh vegetables and fruits thoroughly.

Bacteria prevention is also essential. To keep bacteria from growing, put your sponge or scouring pad in the dishwasher every time you run it. Frequently launder dish cloths and sponges.

A beautifully decorated kitchen looks as good as the attractive food we serve on the table. The decorating options are endless- materials, texture, lighting and all make doing up the kitchen challenging, but a safe kitchen is really rewarding.

Interior Consultant
E-mail: journeym@citechco.net
Photo Credit: Hasan Saifuddin Chandan
Special Thanks: Mrs. Nahid Akhter Nasreen



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