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Is Your Kitchen Summer-Ready?

by: Celebrity Recipes Magazine
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Is your kitchen summer-safe? Here's how what to do

Believe it or not, the kitchen is as vulnerable to accidents and health risks even in summer. Yes, the most used room in the house is a hotbed of disease and injury-more so during the sunny months when people tend to be less cautions in their activities in the room. Here are a few tips that could make your kitchen safe this season.

Clean, clean and clean. Before the summer starts officially, why not do a general cleaning of the kitchen? That way, you can easily identify areas for improvement and repair.

Mind the floors and tiles. Are you floor and counter tiles loose? Better repair them. The underside of tiles may create an environment conducive for bacterial growth. As such, forestall their growth. As such, forestall their growth to avoid future problems.

Are there any elderly folks in the house? Better go ahead with your plans to install handle bars at strategic areas in the kitchen then. Handle bars will help the elderly keep their footing and thus reduce risks of injury and accidents.

Stock up on soap in both solid and liquid form. The kitchen is where food is prepared as such, make sure that those who are preparing them do not expose you to bacteria and viruses. Soaps in liquid form are great for placing near the sink. Thus, reminding users to frequently wash their hands.

Speaking of sinks, they are also a hotbed for bacteria and viruses; especially now that the hot weather is proving helpful for their growth. What to do? Better clean the sink thoroughly-including the pipes. Use liquid cleanser or hot water to unclog the drains and to kill germs.

Remove medication from the kitchen. Unless the medication should be kept in the refrigerator, the kitchen is simply not the place for storing drubs. (This goes for the bathroom as well.) The reason? The excessive humidity in the kitchen (and bathroom) are not conducive for making medication lasts.

Clean the refrigerator. Next to the sink, the refrigerator is one appliance that may prove conducive to the growth of bacteria. Dont think that the refrigerator may actually stall the growth of germs, the constant opening of the ref doors may actually aid their growth. As such, try to refrain from opening the ref doors if possible (it is good for your electric bill too!). Better yet, clean your refrigerator and throw unwanted or expired foodstuffs out.

Think containers. Plastic containers are godsend to the modern kitchen. They do not only keep food, but also keep unwanted rodents, dust and germs out. They are also ideal for storing kitchen equipment and utensils and provide a semblance of order to the kitchen.

Lastly, let there be light in the kitchen. A dark kitchen is difficult to navigate and thus may contribute to accidents. Opening windows-if not increasing artificial illumination- is one way of introducing more light into the room. Besides, sunshine has the ability to kill some germs and could easily make a dour kitchen cheery.

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September 22, 2017

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