The kitchen is usually packed with electrical appliances, eating utensils, all kinds of cups and bowls, etc. There are usually not enough sockets in the kitchen, so there’s all kinds of extension cords lying around, etc. There is much danger for an electrical hazard if some simple rules are not respected when it comes to water and electricity.
Water and electricity can be a dangerous recipe; here are some tips to make sure the wrong things don’t get cooked.
What should you do?
- Your sockets and switches need to be fitted a safe distance from the sink (at least 30 cm horizontally).
- The sockets under worktops, where fitted washing machines, dishwashers and fridges are plugged in, need to be installed with fused switches. These should be above the worktop to make your appliances easy to turn on and off.
- It is recommended that any socket which is likely to have DIY equipment, a lawnmower, an outdoor light or anything else portable, would be protected by an RCD. Under the new national safety standard, this life-saving device that protects against electric shock, should now protect all sockets in any new home or any new sockets added to your existing home.
Kitchen Safety – Do!
- Take special care when using any kitchen appliance – the mixture of water, hot surfaces, flexible cables and electricity can be very dangerous.
- Check that flexible leads and appliances such as kettles and toasters are in good condition.
Kitchen Safety – Don’t!
- Use any electrical equipment or switches with wet hands.
- Wrap cables around equipment (such as a kettle) when it is still warm.
- Clean an appliance while it is still plugged in.
- Fill a kettle or steam iron while plugged in.
- Try to get the bread that is stuck out of a toaster while it is still plugged in especially with a metal knife as there are often live parts inside.
The above simple tips are from the Electrical Safety Council’s own guide, Kitchen Safety. Read more via their website to find our more tips and advices concerning electrical safety at home, outdoors, etc. The picture can be found online via, Maytag Kitchen (we do not sell these devices / design; the picture is for illustration purposes).