A place for cooking, socializing, and sneaking a late night snack, the kitchen is also a place where accidents occur. In fact, according to the National Kitchen and Bath Association, the kitchen can be the most hazardous place in your home—if designed improperly.
Fortunately, there are many design strategies, tips, and special features that can reduce common risks and help create a safer kitchen environment—from installing proper lighting to strategically placing electrical outlets away from water sources. There are also a variety of modern kitchen appliances and products designed with safety in mind, including lock-out fridges and ovens, anti-scald facets, and kid-conscious stovetops.
If you are seeking to make your kitchen a safer place for you and your family, talk to a Sacramento kitchen remodeling contractor. An experienced contractor can help you develop a kitchen design that reduces hazards and maximizes function, safety, and convenience, before bringing your modernized kitchen to reality.
Want to learn more about how you can make your kitchen a safer place? Check out the video below.
SACRAMENTO KITCHEN DESIGN VIDEO TRANSCRIPT:
TITLE: How to Design a Safe Kitchen
NARRATOR: How to design a safe kitchen: The kitchen is one of the busiest, most accident-prone rooms in the house. Design a kitchen that will keep your family and guests safe.
You will need appliances with a lock-out option, a fire extinguisher, slip-resistant flooring, a safe cooktop, proper lighting, anti-scald controls, and (optional) non-slip throw rugs.
Step one: Design a floor plan that routes traffic away from the cooking area. Avoid appliances near an entrance or exit.
Step two: Protect children by purchasing appliances that provide a programmable lockout system or with lockout covers.
Step three: Keep a fire extinguisher near a room exit. Never store it near or beneath a cooktop or stove.
Step four: Use slip-resistant flooring, such as laminate, textured tile, matte-finished wood, or soft, glazed ceramic tile. Use throw rugs with non-slip backings for added precautions.
Step five: Purchase a safe cooktop with controls in the front or along the side of the unit. Look for a cooktop where the burners are staggered or are in one straight row.
Step six: Keep plugs, electrical switches, and lighting fixtures away from water sources. All electrical receptacles should be grounded and protected with ground-fault circuit interrupters in case there is a power surge or moisture.
Step seven: Provide good lighting throughout the kitchen, especially above areas where you prepare food. Lighting should not produce shadows or glares on a work surface.
Step eight: Prevent water from getting to dangerous heat levels by installing faucets with anti-scald devices. Hot tap water is responsible for more deaths and hospitalizations than burns from any other hot liquids.