Keep Safety In Mind When Remodeling Your Kitchen

Flooring, countertops, sinks and stoves come to mind first when it’s time to remodel your kitchen. But lighting and electricity are just as important. For those who are planning to renovate or remodel their kitchen, don’t forget to keep safety in mind. When remodeling, be sure to put as much thought in electrical safety as paint color. Sharing with you is some helpful tips on remodeling your family’s favorite room.

>Proper lighting can prevent injuries in the kitchen. Don’t stop with overhead lights; add task lighting to your favorite work spaces.

>Keep electrical switches, plugs and lighting fixtures far away from water sources. Install them in areas where you are unlikely to touch them with wet hands.

>Add additional outlets if needed to avoid use of extension cords.

>Protect every electrical receptacle with a ground-fault circuit interrupter, which will shut off the electric current if it senses a power surge or if moisture is present.

>Keep a fire extinguisher near a room exit and away from cooking equipment.

>Choose faucets with anti-scald devices to prevent burning, or lower your water heater’s temperature to 120 degrees. Heating water to a lower, safer temperature also saves energy.

>Install smoke alarms.

>The cooktop or cooking surfaces should not be located near windows. Curtains and other window coverings could easily catch fire from a grease splatter.

Texas Co-op Power, Sep. 2008
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