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One of the busiest areas of the house, with a ton of outlets and electrical appliances, is the kitchen.
In every house, kitchens need to be equipped with all that you need, and that increases the number of appliances in a small space. This is one of the primary reasons it is susceptible to accidents and becomes the source of electrical faults. The chances of accidents increase when multiple people are in the kitchen together.
Reducing the number of appliances may not always be a feasible option. This is why it is essential to incorporate certain practices that make the kitchen a safer space. If you are looking for kitchen electrical safety tips, you’re in the right place.
So, without further ado, let’s get right to it.
One of the best ways to ensure the kitchen is safe and you don’t suffer from an unforeseen electrical shock is by managing the outlets.
Since most kitchens have multiple appliances, it is vital to ensure that not too many are plugged into one outlet. Sometimes, people plug-in devices like the oven and microwave in one outlet. In such situations, over-loading the outlet can lead to short circuits, power cuts and other easily avoidable accidents.
We suggest not plugging in heavy appliances together and keep one appliance per outlet. Instead, you can call a professional to install more outlets.
In a room full of appliances, there are bound to be a lot of attached cords. In such cases, there is a risk of the wires malfunctioning, leading to a ton of hazards. So, make sure the cords are not lying loose on the counter and are out of the way as you work.
One of the best ways to manage wiring in the kitchen is by keeping the appliances close to the outlet. This way, the cords can be kept away from the workstation, creating a safer space. Additionally, you can keep the cords behind the appliance. If they are long, rolling them up using a zip tie is an excellent way to manage them.
Furthermore, make sure the wires don’t heat up as that can lead to a fire. You can do this by ensuring the appliances are not placed near stovetops. In addition, bigger appliances like a refrigerator should be kept in a room with proper ventilation.
If you are scared of possible electrical shocks and electrocution, we suggest getting your GFCI tested every month.
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter or GFCI is a device that checks the circuit’s flow and switches off the power in case there is any fault in the circuit. Usually, this circuit breaker is installed in places where the appliance can get wet, like in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink or even the basement.
It is highly advisable to get this device tested to ensure it is working correctly. If you do not have a GFCI, we urge you to look into it and install one, as they can be a lifesaver.
While extensions are pretty helpful with smaller electronics, it is a bit of a hazard with bigger ones. Our advice is not to plug appliances into extension boards for long periods. These are better suited in temporary situations, as it is always better for the appliance to be powered from a ground outlet.
This may sound like a silly piece of advice, but - always keep your eyes on the appliance. It seems obvious since what else would you be doing in the kitchen. But, an electrical fault is just one hectic day away.
The best way would be to have one or two people help out in the kitchen and not switch on many appliances at once. It would also be helpful to keep children out if it is a busy day.
One of the most important things is always to keep the kitchen clean. This is not just for hygiene purposes but also because leftover bits of food can become dangerous. Accumulated crumbs in an appliance like a toaster oven can catch fire if not cleaned out in time.
However, be wary during the cleaning process as well. When rinsing appliances and countertops, the water should not reach any wires or outlets. Furthermore, make sure all appliances are unplugged and switched off. Once cleaning is over, dry everything before turning anything back on.
Lastly, the most important thing is to check the switches and outlets from time to time. It is imperative to conduct such evaluations to make sure there is no loose contact or faulty wires.
The best thing would be to call an electrician and conduct these tests. As a part of their service, they will not only fix any faults but also be able to foresee any possible hazards and how they can be avoided. They are more capable of telling you about the ideal quality of electrical features you should have in the house.
We also suggest keeping an eye out for burnt-out edges of outlets or sparks when plugging in an appliance. Spotting these are the ideal way to tell if an outlet is safe or not.
It is vital to understand that the safety tips we’ve mentioned so far are quite extensive and need to be followed once every few months. However, keeping a kitchen safe is more than just following a few tips once in a while. To ensure the kitchen is a risk-free zone, you need to incorporate certain safety measures on a daily basis.
Make sure you unplug all appliances that are not being used. It seems like a lengthy process to plug them in every time, but it is much safer in the long run.
Defrost the fridge at least two times a year to ensure it works correctly and for a longer time. Additionally, clean the oven and toaster at least once in six months to get rid of crumbs. This will reduce the chance of the appliance catching fire.
Avoid storing things on top of appliances like microwaves as that can block the ventilation. You can place a protective cover over any appliance when it is not plugged in, but that should be removed when the appliance is being used.
And there you have it; a short guide on kitchen electrical safety. We hope these tips and tricks will help you and your family stay safe.
There are many more things that you can do, like install smoke detectors and upgrade your kitchen appliances. However, those will incur expenses. If you are not ready for that, our guide will help you keep the kitchen safe without the additional expenditure.
On that note, we shall sign off, but we will be back soon with more guides and tips.
Until then, stay safe.