Good Kitchen and Bathroom Habits Prevent Accidents
The most active rooms in the home are the kitchen and bathrooms. These also are the areas where most household accidents usually occur.
Every family member needs to remember and regularly practice safety measures in these and other rooms of the home. To avoid accidents, take extra precaution when using appliances and taking showers and baths.
Never touch electrical appliances such as hair dryers with wet hands or when standing on wet surfaces. Never use portable appliances, such as telephones, in the shower unless they are manufactured specifically for this purpose. Phones are not made for use in or around water, but certain brands of radios and shavers are marketed for use in showers. Investigate these claims carefully before using the products.
- Unplug all small appliances when they are not in use. These include mixers and toasters. When left unattended, these appliances can create a risk of fire. Keep appliance cords away from hot surfaces. Cords can be damaged by excessive heat.
- It may be easy to forget that the knobs on electric stove tops, after use, were not turned to the off position. For this reason, never place dishes on the burners. Ceramic materials will crack and burst, sending chards flying through the kitchen. Plastic and related materials can melt and damage the stove’s heating elements.
- Loose-fitted clothing should never be worn near a stove. This includes robes with baggy sleeves or tops that easily can pass over flames.
- Never insert a metal object such as a knife or fork into any appliance without first unplugging the unit from the outlet. A good rule is not to place any kind of item, including fingers, into appliances unless they are unplugged.
- Consider replacing standard electrical outlets with Ground Full Circuit Interrupters (GFCI). These devices will provide shock protection by quickly cutting the circuit. They should be UL approved and installed by a licensed electrician.
- Changing light bulbs is one of the most frequent home maintenance projects. Use the correct wattage and the kind of light bulb recommended for the fixture. The incorrect size or wattage can lead to overheating and fire. When the proper wattage for a socket cannot be determined, don’t use a bulb that is larger than 60 watts.