Home Security in the Kitchen

November 10, 2010 in Home Security System

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Most accidents in the home occur in the kitchen, and most fires in residences start in the kitchen. It’s clear that a safe kitchen is an important factor in your overall safety. There are four aspects of kitchen safety to consider: the role your kitchen plays in your external home security, fire safety, hygiene, and equipment safety. Most kitchens are vulnerable spots in a home’s layout. Designed for maximum ventilation, they often have multiple, large windows, a door, and some have access to a basement or garage. It’s essential that your home security system adequately covers your kitchen area, and that you don’t leave doors or windows open for ventilation, even if you’re in another part of the home or pop out for a quick errand. By far the most frightening and lethal threat to your home security is fire. And the leading cause of home fires and related injuries is home-cooking equipment combined with carelessness. A good home security system that includes a fire and smoke alarm is probably the best possible protection in the event of a fire, but before it gets to that point, there are quite a few things you can do to maximize your kitchen safety. Always make sure your gas or electric stove, cooktop or hotplates are turned off after use. If you smell gas and the stove is off, leave the house and call your gas company or 911. Make sure all your kitchen appliances, like toasters, blenders, microwaves and kettles are in good condition and keep them clean. Any build up of crumbs or fat can rapidly become a fire hazard. Kitchen hygiene is important not only to prevent fires, but also minimize the risk of dangerous bacteria building up and pests, like cockroaches, coming for dinner. What’s more, sticky surfaces can hamper movement and cause injuries, while a greasy floor might make you slip and hurt yourself. In addition, make sure to keep any cutting knives, scissors and other sharp equipment in a safe place. If you have young children, instruct them what they can and cannot use in the kitchen, and make rules about when they can and can’t be in that room. It’s a good idea to take the time to thoroughly childproof your kitchen, for example by putting safety locks on all closets and doors. The most social room in your home should also be the safest.

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