Safety and cleanliness are the major two factors that you should consider when you design your kitchen. You know the kitchen is where you cook, use fire, water, electricity and knifes and dealing with such things need extreme caution. In this article, we will be talking about some safety and cleanliness tips that will guarantee your and your family’s safety, so let’s start.
Installing the proper lighting is one of the most essential steps that you should consider when you design your kitchen especially when it comes to choosing the task lighting. Choosing the right places in which you should place the lighting fixtures is very important as well and for sure the most important places are the working places where you cook, prepare the food and chop the vegetables and fruits. For example, you can install some task lighting below your kitchen cabinets, use your kitchen hood lighting when you use the cook top and always remember to provide enough lighting where you use your chopping board.
Speaking of the chopping board, do you know that studies showed that these little things can hold thousands of germs? I know it may sound shocking to you, but no worries, you can avoid all the harm, if you use two chopping boards, use one for meat, seafood and poultry and use the other one for chopping vegetables and fruits. Using a plastic chopping board is also recommended, because it’s easier to clean, dry and it holds less germs and bacteria than the wooden one especially the one that you will use for chopping the meat.
Stainless steal is the best material you can use in the working places and in the places where you put the food. The bacteria can’t grow so fast on stainless steal like it does on wood and in the same time it looks so elegant besides being so easy to clean and maintain. The towels, faucets handles, sponges and chopping boards, all the previous stuff should be dry all the time to maintain a healthy and clean environment in your kitchen, wondering why? Because, usually the bacteria develops faster in moist places and that is something we don’t want in our kitchens for sure, so keep it all dry all the time.
To guarantee the maximum safety levels in your kitchen, make sure to place anything that has something to do with electricity whether plugs, switches or lighting fixtures away from any water or fire source. All the electricity outlets should be installed at least 15 inches above the floor to avoid any serious problems especially when you mop the floor. The electricity outlets should be visible and easy to reach in case you needed to unplug or turn off any kitchen appliance quickly.
Since we mentioned the floor, let me tell this important tip. When you choose the kitchen flooring, go for the slip resistant one like mate finished wood or laminate. If you decide to go for tile flooring, then placing a rug with non skid back above it will be necessary to protect you from slipping.
Keeping a fire extinguisher in some safe place in your kitchen will be such a good idea. These magical red cylinders are life saver, so don’t forget to have one in your kitchen, just pay attention to keep it in a place that is easy to reach and away from any fire source like your cook or cook top.
When you choose your cook or cook top, go for the one that has burners and has the controls on the top or on the side to reach them easily. Placing the microwave in a suitable height will help you to avoid a lot of accidents like dropping the food or slipping it, you know we use microwaves almost daily, that is why they should be easy to reach and use. Choosing the kitchen appliances that has child lock feature is such an amazing thing to do that will protect your kids from any harm.
Arrange your kitchen pieces in a way that let you move freely and avoid putting any large pieces next to the kitchen entrances or any doors whether the door of your kitchen or the backyard door. When you arrange your kitchen stuff in your kitchen cabinets, make sure to put the heavy stuff and the other stuff that you usually use in the lower cabinets and put the other less necessary stuff in the upper ones.
Hang the upper kitchen cabinets in an appropriate height that you can reach easily. Follow the same tip and choose all your kitchen pieces like the countertop and the kitchen island in suitable height that fits you and your family to feel comfortable when you use them. Pay attention to choose the kitchen pieces that don’t have sharp edges for your and your kid’s safety and always go the pieces that have rounded corners instead, especially when you choose the countertops.
Go for a heat resistant surfaces especially the ones that you will put next to the oven, microwave or the cook top, you don’t want to keep wandering around your kitchen with the hot dishes till you reach a safe place, right?
All the ideas and the tips that we talked about in this article are so easy to achieve and it won’t even cost you any extra expenses, all what you need to do is to apply these simple tips and enjoy a clean, safe and healthy kitchen for you and for your family.