While preventing house fires and other burn-related injuries is a key element in kitchen safety, you’ll also want to consider other types of potential hazards as you plan for your kitchen remodel.
Reducing the Risk of Slip-and-Fall Accidents
We’re talking about accidents, here — not intentional horseplay. So if you have active children that are simply bouncing off the walls, the ball is in your court, Mom and Dad.
However, some design elements can create unnecessary hazards for people of all ages who are simply walking through your home.
First and foremost, you can choose to lay slip-resistant flooring. Instead of polished marble, safe options include cork, rubber, slate, or wood. For those areas especially prone to become wet, such as in front of the sink, you may want to consider a non-slip mat. An added bonus of using softer materials such as cork or rubber are that you may reduce the chances of breakables actually breaking when they do fall to the floor.
In addition to your choice of flooring surface, you’ll want to try to avoid changes in floor level. This issue becomes especially significant if you have household members or frequent guests who are elderly or have disabilities.
Reducing the Risk of Cuts
Again, if you have kids that want to play with swords, you’re on your own, but we can suggest some things to help avoid accidental cuts. Storing your knives in knife blocks can provide a safe storage solution, as opposed to reaching into a drawer where sharp edges are exposed.
If you don’t want to clutter your counter tops, you can plan your kitchen design with built-in knife blocks or magnets on the wall, under a cabinet or inside a cabinet door.
In addition to inherently sharp objects such as knives, cuts can result from broken dishes. Choosing plastic dishes and cups, especially for young children, can help reduce the chances of such injuries.
Reducing the Risk of Crowding
A spacious kitchen design and generous amounts of storage countertop space aren’t just about aesthetics; they can actually help reduce the chances of injury.
For instance, when you have enough space to store small appliances, they’ll be less likely to clutter your countertops. (We can’t promise they’ll completely cure your clutter-bug tendencies, if you have them!) Clear countertops and sufficient landing space near burners provide opportunities for hot food and drinks to be safely set down.
When you have pull-out shelves and drawers, you can eliminate the need to bend down and reach deep into the recesses of your cabinets, thereby reducing opportunities for back strain. Between cabinets and major appliances, you’ll want to plan for at least 48 inches, allowing space for two adults to pass one another without colliding.
While you may not want to think about potential injuries now, once you’ve completed your kitchen remodel, you’ll be glad you did.
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