There’s a lot that can go wrong in the kitchen, and whether you’re making a family classic or trying a new recipe, you’ll want to make sure your kitchen is safe. Here are some tips to help you have a happy and safe holiday.
Smoke alarms should be present in every bedroom, outside every sleeping area, and on each level of the house. It’s also a good idea for your smoke alarms to be interconnected so that if one goes off, all the others will as well. You should test the batteries in smoke alarms every month, replace the batteries once a year, and replace the smoke alarm every ten years.
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters, or GFCIs, are safety devices that trip electrical circuits when ground faults or leakage currents, which are shock hazards, are detected. You should place GFCIs where electricity and water might meet, like the kitchen. You should test GFCIs every month.
You should never leave your cooking unattended. Don’t cook if you’re under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Also, be sure to supervise children in the kitchen and keep them at least three feet away from active appliances.
Always use a kitchen timer, so that you don’t lose track of time and have your dish become a fire hazard.
Make sure to clean your oven and stovetop and keep them free of grease. Clean the exhaust hood and stove duct regularly. Also, vacuum your refrigerator coils every three months to prevent dirt buildup.