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
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
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.
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