Modern family life is busy, sometimes chaotic, and this is often most apparent in the kitchen when one person is cooking, another is loading up the washing machine, and the kids are running riot waiting for dinner!
With so much hustle and bustle, it’s important not to get distracted from the importance of maintaining high health and safety standards. Because when you’ve got plug sockets, electrical appliances, water and hot surfaces all within a small area, you need to be aware of the potential dangers, otherwise you’ll have a recipe for disaster.
Thankfully, there are many ways to minimise these dangers, so we’ve compiled our top tips for electrical safety in the kitchen.
Cooking with care
- A fan of cooking gadgets? Don’t be tempted to overload your plug sockets with them as too many electrical appliances can lead to overheating.
- We all know clean hands are essential when cooking, but make sure they’re thoroughly dry too to avoid potential electrocution when touching switches and plug sockets.
- Toast getting stuck in the toaster can be pretty irritating but never try to dislodge it with a metal knife, especially if the toaster is plugged in.
Clean and simple
- It’s not the most glamorous job, but it’s important to give your oven and grill a thorough clean on a regular basis as the build-up of fat and grease is a major cause of fires.
- Never leave electrical appliances like dishwashers or washing machines running unattended.
- Don’t store objects on top of your microwave as this can block the ventilation.
- Storing smaller appliances in cupboards? Don’t wrap the cable around the appliance when it’s still warm.
Maintaining high standards
- Make a point of regularly checking that all appliances and leads are in good condition.
- If an appliance is faulty, leave it to an expert to repair and never attempt to repair it when it’s still plugged in.
- Defrost your fridge and freezer at least once a year so they can continue to work properly.
- Test your smoke alarm on a regular basis to ensure it is in good working order.
Most of these are top tips are common sense of course, but it’s important not to become complacent because following these rules could just save your life.