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By : Jessica Payne

7 Steps To a Safe Kitchen Remodel

By Jessica Payne

A Safe Kitchen Remodel in your home means peace of mind and far less injury to you and your family. The kitchen has become the busiest room in the home where we not only prepare our foods but also entertain our guests, have family gatherings, do homework and pay the bills. While this may be the most fun room of the home it can also be the most dangerous.

The National Kitchen & Bath Association has developed the following guidelines you can implement to ensure a safe kitchen remodel.

Use Proper Lighting

General and task lighting that does not produce any glare should be used clearly focusing on the work surface . This can greatly decrease your chance of injury while preparing a meal.

Use Slip Resistant Flooring

A slip-resistant material on your floor, such as matte-finished wood or laminate, textured vinyl or a soft-glazed ceramic tile, will prevent slipping. If you select tile, try using a throw rug with a non-skid backing as an added precaution, especially around areas that get wet. Falling on a kitchen floor with a hot dish can have serious effects.

Keep a fire Extinguisher Handy

The NKBA recommends that a fire extinguisher be visibly located near a room exit, away from cooking equipment. Never store an extinguisher near or under a cooktop or range. If a fire is to occur, those areas will likely be the cause and make an extinguisher stored in that area unreachable.

Regulate Water Temperatures and Devices

Install faucets with anti-scald devices that prevent water temperature from rising to dangerous levels. You can also purchase pressure-balanced valves that equalize hot and cold water. Faucets are also available that can be preprogrammed to your desired temperature setting.

Use a Safe Cooktop

Avoid being scalded by steam from a boiling pot by staggering burners on your cooktop or have one straight row of burners. Choose a unit with controls along the side or in the front.

Electrical Switches, Plugs and Lighting Fixtures

Keep these away from water sources and wet hands. Building codes require that every electrical receptacle be grounded and protected with ground-fault circuit interrupters, which shut off the room's electric current if there is a power surge or moisture is present. In addition, the NKBA recommends all wall-mounted room controls be 15 inches to 48 inches above the finished floor.

Use Space Safely and Efficiently

Ensure a safe kitchen remodel by avoiding interference with your space when cooking. Locate microwaves conveniently above the floor to avoid reaching to retrieve food. Slide-out trays and bins in base cabinets make storage items more accessible and eliminate bending. Avoid putting a range near an entrance or exit. And lastly, avoid sharp corners on the ends of countertops, especially islands and peninsulas, by having them rounded.

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