Of all the rooms in the house, the kitchen has the biggest potential to do you the most damage. Whether it’s slips, trips and falls over loose wires or wet floors, accidents with malfunctioning products or illnesses from poorly cooked food, the threats to safety are both many and varied.
Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to help safeguard yourself in the kitchen and limit both the likelihood of kitchen accidents occurring and the severity of their impact.
Here are five simple steps to follow:
- Install locks and latches on cabinets and cupboards: This is particularly useful for households with young children. Keep things locked away, especially cleaning products with harmful chemicals, to help prevent serious accidents occurring and personal injuries being suffered. The consequences of a kitchen accident involving a toddler and some bleach don’t bear thinking about.
- Install clip-on corner guards: These can be invaluable when it comes to preventing painful bumps and bruises. Also, in the event of a slip or fall, the injuries can be made significantly more serious with a sharp bang to the head. Blunting the edges of counter tops can help minimise the impact of kitchen accidents.
- Regularly check and maintain your gadgets: Kitchen appliances are one area where it is not sensible to try and scrimp and save. You want quality products from reputable brands. Things like dishwashers and washing machines should be installed by a professional to minimise the risk of accidents with faulty machinery.
- Stack sensibly: Anything that you regularly use should be stored within easy reach. Breakable items such as glasses and crockery should not be stacked high up in case they are dislodged and cause a falling object accident. Heavy goods should also be stored low rather than high.
- Leave floors to dry: Mop the floor at a time when you can then leave it to dry. Otherwise, the spectre of slip accidents on wet floors looms large.
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Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice