A Kitchen Safety Checklist

By: Tricia Callahan, Once A Month Mom

We’ve all done it, haven’t we?  Left a pan on a lit stove only to realize hours later, sometimes by the alert of the smoke alarm, that we have gone and forgotten it and our pan is now burnt to a crisp. Hopefully this didn’t lead to a fire and you were at home when you discovered the mistake.

This is just one scenario of so many common kitchen hazards we should do our best to avoid. Let’s talk about some simple things that you can do in your kitchen to make sure that your kitchen is as safe as could be.

  1. Smoke and Fire Alarms – This seems obvious, but is the one that we get tripped up with the most. Yes, you should have a fire alarm in or around your kitchen. I say “around” because your fire alarm should actually be placed at least 10 feet from the heat source so it won’t be triggered by normal cooking smoke (when no fire is present). Additionally, new IoPhic alarms are so smart they know when you have just burned pancakes or when it is a serious fire and alerts you accordingly.
  2. Fire Extinguishers – These aren’t that expensive and aren’t that obtrusive. There are so many varieties that you can have on hand, under your kitchen sink or stove side, to have available if an unexpected fire would break out.
  3. Habits to Check Stove/Oven – You should make it a habit to walk through the kitchen each and every time you are leaving your home. Make sure that all burners and ovens are turned off. That peace of mine can save you more minutes than you could imagine.
  4. Pots and Pans Placement – It is important when cooking that you place handles to pots and pans you are cooking with to the center of the stove and not sticking over the edge, especially if you have children. As a cook, I know this is a tough one as space is sometimes limited but saving family members (or pets) from being burnt is far more important than space on the stove-top.

These are just a few simple things that you can do to make your kitchen, and your home, safer. Fire safety is one of those things we take for granted unless it happens to us. Don’t take it for granted. Be safe.

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