Kitchens, without question, can be considered spaces that could be dangerous to your family. There must be rules that you and your family are willing to commit to, to ensure that any time someone is preparing food, that it does not turn into a situation that can cause fire or damage to your home.
Kitchens always have open flames, if using a gas stove. There might be water boiling on the stove or hot oil being used to cook. Other concerns could be sharp knives or electrical appliances like blenders or mixers. If you have clear guidelines and best practices that your family is willing to abide by, you can be sure your kitchen becomes a safe environment. It is vital that all surfaces are cleaned before preparing to cook. The last thing you want to have is grease being around the kitchen, in places that can cause a flash fire. Be sure that all your pans and pots have tight handles so they don’t separate from their bases and cause undue damage or even a fire.
Be sure to never fill pans over a safe level, the same goes for frying pans. Wherever there is electricity involved, be certain that you are using surge protectors and have GFI outlets in all places wherever water might be present.
With so much going on with the family, it is important to never leave stoves unattended, same goes for any electrical appliances. It would be a great idea to have a dedicated isolation trip switch outfitted in your kitchen in the event you must turn off the electricity due to a potential fire outbreak. This would be something you would require the services of a licensed electrician for. Many homes have electric stoves but many more seem to be gravitating towards gas stoves so be sure, if you have a gas stove, you know where your kill switch is for the gas inlet line in your utility closet or basement.
It is common practice to have both smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors installed in and around the kitchen. If you commit to these common sense guidelines, it will give you peace of mind and confidence that you are prepared, as best you can for any situation that arises.
Dealing with electricity and proactive measures to protect your kitchen should always signal a call to an electrician in the Albany area.