When talking to your Sacramento kitchen remodeling contractor about a new kitchen design for your home, the most popular topics you’ll probably discuss are things like the floor plan, cabinets, countertops, flooring, and appliances. In most cases, these conversations are centered on two topics. One is how your new kitchen will look aesthetically, including styles, colors, materials, and more. The other popular topic you will probably discuss is the usability of your new kitchen. For example, you may want to put your new stove on a kitchen island, or install a certain sink faucet that will give you the type of water flow you like. However, there is another vital topic that often gets overlooked during many kitchen remodeling jobs, and that is how to design a safe kitchen for you and your family.
When it comes to keeping your kitchen safe, some things, such as storing a fire extinguisher in the appropriate place, are in the hands of the homeowner. However, there are many ways that your Sacramento kitchen remodeling contractor can help with this by designing a safe kitchen. For one, your contractor can install slip-resistant flooring. They can also make changes to your kitchen layout that will result in a safer cooking area, such as not putting appliances near a kitchen entrance or exit. How about installing better lighting and faucets that are made with safeguards that won’t allow you or your children to get scalded? Your Sacramento kitchen remodeling contractor can help you with all of these things and more.
To learn more about how to design a safe kitchen, please check out the video below.
If you would like to discuss some more ways that you can have your Sacramento kitchen remodeling contractor design a safe kitchen for your home, please contact the experts at Russ Johnson Construction today.
SACRAMENTO KITCHEN DESIGN VIDEO TRANSCRIPT:
TITLE: How to Design a Safe Kitchen
NARRATION: 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 fires extinguisher, slip-resistant flooring, a safe cooktop, proper lighting, anti-scald controls, and non-slip thrown rugs (optional).
Step 1: Design a floor plan that routes traffic away from the cooking area. Avoid putting appliances near an entrance or exit.
Step 2: Protect children by purchasing appliances that provide a programmable lockout system, or with lockout covers.
Step 3: Keep a fire extinguisher near a room exit. Never store it near or beneath a cooktop or stove.
Step 4: Use slip-resistant flooring, such as laminate, textured tile, matte-finished wood, or soft glazed ceramic tile. Use throw rugs with non-slip backing for added precautions.
Step 5: 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 6: 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 7: 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 8: Prevent water from getting to dangerous heat levels by installing faucets with anti-scald devices. Did you know that hot tap water is responsible for more deaths and hospitalizations than burns from any other hot liquids?