Electrical Safety Tips for the Kitchen

Safety first,” is a message that our mothers probably instilled in us at a very young age. Don’t run with scissors, look both ways before crossing the street, and always plug counter top appliances into GFCI-protected outlets.

What, that last one doesn’t sound familiar? Well, it should. According to ElectricalSafetyFirst.org, more than half of all accidental house fires start in the kitchen. While hot stove tops are responsible for their fair share of these fires, a surprising amount of them are actually caused by electrical faults.

Use these electrical safety tips to stay safe in the kitchen.

  • To avoid water coming in contact with any electrical wires, make sure all of your sockets and switches are at least 1 foot away from your sink.

  • If you have a built-in refrigerator or an under-the-counter dishwasher, consider installing a switch to easily disconnect the power.

  • Check all wires to make sure there are no frayed ends or exposed spots.

  • Plug all of your appliances (even the small ones like toaster ovens) directly into the outlet – don’t use extension cords.

  • Never stick a fork or knife in your toaster to retrieve your toast.

  • Never use any switches or sockets when your hands are wet.

  • Install a smoke detector in your kitchen, and routinely check it to make sure it is working.

  • Unplug your small appliances (toaster, coffee machine, etc.) when you are not using them.

  • Don’t try to repair an appliance while it is still plugged in.

When one of your appliances breaks down, it is best to leave the repair to a trained professional. Not only are you putting yourself at risk, you could further damage your appliance. If you are looking for a refrigerator repair service in New York City or Long Island, look no further than Speedy Subzero. For over 75 years, we have been servicing all makes and models of refrigerators, freezers, ice makers, and wine coolers. We are open 24/7/365, so call us anytime at 866-782-9376.

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