The Menu: Electrical Safety in the Kitchen
Many persons believe that the kitchen is the hub of the home and some even say that it is the lifeline. This is where family members usually sit together and have a cup of coffee, chat, have a meal together, and even play games. Yet, this center of activity can become a dangerous place and center of problems if care is not taken. It is estimated that more than two thirds of all fires in the home start at the kitchen and this estimate is not surprising given the myriad of heat producing appliances and devices that can be found there. In order to be proactive in the kitchen an important thing to do is to utilize ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) outlets. They are designed to help the user not to have an electric shock and even to prevent the outcome of an electrocution. They do this by cutting off the flow of electricity if they sense something is wrong with the current. One should install a GFCI outlet everywhere it is possible within the kitchen especially close to sinks, refrigerators, and anywhere that water can be found. One precaution to be taken too is that when the wires for an outlet are frayed, they should never be used. Other precautions are outlined in the blog.
- The kitchen is a very important place in the home and many persons believe that it is even the lifeline or the hub of the house.
- While the kitchen is a place where members of the family meet to hangout, chat and even share meals, it can become a danger zone.
- The GCFI that is installed in a kitchen will serve to protect the kitchen in that when electricity becomes low in the circuits, it cuts off the circuit.
“After all, nearly ⅔ of all home fires start in the kitchen and that may come as no surprise considering all of the appliances and heat-producing devices.”