In many homes the kitchen is the focal point of family activities.Â Meals are prepared, dishes are washed, food is stored and family members often gather around to share time with each other while these activities are taking place.Â Kitchen safety is a broad topic, but it’s essential to understand and appreciate the potential hazards existing in a kitchen because of water hazards.
1. Water supplies in the kitchen can come from several sources.Â Water pipes leading to the kitchen sink, the dish washer or the water dispenser in the refrigerator are all potential sources of leaks, drips or ruptures.Â Keep these in check by inspecting your water lines from time to time.Â When you go on vacation be sure to turn off the main water valve to avoid the potential of a property damaging accident while you’re away.Â If you want to be extra careful, never run the dish washer and leave the house with the dish washer unattended.Â Any disruption in the water supply or damage to the pipes could leave you with a messy surprise when you arrive back home.
2. Water hazards can occur while you’re actively engaged in activities in your kitchen.Â Spills while cooking can create slip and fall hazards.Â Be sure to clean up after yourself as you go along and never leave a spill to be dealt with later.Â While you may remember you spilled water, someone coming into your kitchen may not notice the spill and suffer an unfortunate and unnecessary accident.
3. Another potential issue with water in the kitchen involves boiling water.Â Steaming tea kettles or pots of water being boiled for cooking purposes can be dangerous.Â If you have small children around you should take care to keep them away from these sources of danger.Â Small hands can reach up and pull a boiling pot off the stove or reach over a steaming tea kettle not knowing the painful experience they are in for.
4. Even the temperature of your tap water is potentially dangerous.Â Running hot water
to clean pots and pans while you’re cleaning up can easily reach dangerously high temperature levels.Â If you’re inclined to use rubber gloves while scrubbing pots you may be unaware of exactly how hot the water temperature is.Â Always run the cold water for a moment after using scalding hot water from the tap.Â This will protect you and others in your kitchen from accidentally turning on the water and burning your hands.
5. Kitchen safety involves being aware of the potential for injury on many levels.Â Water is a particularly serious threat to safety because it comes into our environment from a variety of sources in the kitchen.Â Taking time to attend to every potential water hazard will go a long way to preventing accidents.