The kitchen is the home to many households’ electrical appliances and is arguably the hub of many homes. It, therefore, makes sense to take extra care, especially as the electrical appliances are often near water. So, we’ve put together a helpful kitchen electrical safety guide, to point out how to take the right kitchen electrical safety precautions – ensuring electrical safety.
Kitchen electrical safety tips:
Switches & sockets
Did you know that ALL plug sockets need to be at least 30cms from the sink? Water and electricity do not mix! Quite a lot of appliances have fitted switches underneath worktops or behind heavy machinery. These should use an extra, accessible connection, with a switch fitted above the worktop.
Residual Current Device (RCD)
RCD’s are an important bit of kit if you’re using a socket in your kitchen to power electrical equipment outdoors. An RCD, or residual current device, is a life-saving device that is designed to prevent you from getting a fatal electric shock if you touch something live, such as a bare wire. It can also provide some protection against electrical fires. RCDs offer a level of personal protection that ordinary fuses and circuit-breakers cannot provide.
Dry your hands!
Never use switches or touch electrical equipment when your hands are wet.
Never leave electrical appliances unattended
You might be tempted to put your dishwasher or washing machine on overnight, but you should never leave them unattended just in case there’s an electrical fire.
Check your leads
Make sure you check your leads and cables (kettles, toasters, coffee machine etc.) to be sure they’re in good working order.
Unplug to clean and repair
Got a bit of bagel caught in your toaster? Before you remove it – unplug your toaster before sticking something in it to get it out. There are live parts inside and touching them would you give you a shock. The same goes for any repairs.
Get rid of grease
A build-up of grease and fat in your oven is a common fire hazard. If you’re thinking of trying eco-friendly products to clean your oven, take a look at our new guide to green cleaning, for some top tips.
Don’t block ventilation
Placing objects in front of or on top of vents stops air circulation, which can cause a fire.
Defrost your fridge
Keep freezers and fridges running efficiently by defrosting them at least once a year.
In the kitchen, smoke detectors should be installed at least 10 feet away from cooking appliances to minimize the number of false alarms. Smoke rises, so smoke alarms should be placed high on walls or ceilings. They’re your first line of defence in event of a fire and are essential in every home!
For more electrical safety tips, check out our previous blog on electrical safety at home tips.
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