What safety features do you really need in your kitchen?

A fire extinguisher can help keep your family safe

Safety in the kitchen is just as important at home as it is in a professional kitchen environment. This means you should ensure that you have the correct safety equipment on standby, just in case the worst happens.

You may never have to use your safety equipment, but it is much better to be safe rather than sorry. With this in mind, here are some safety features you should really consider investing in for your kitchen:‚Äč

Fire blanket

This is a reasonably cheap addition to your kitchen that can quickly and easily put out a fire. The blankets come in a quick release case that can be attached to a wall for easy access. Fire blankets can be used to put out fires by smothering them, but can also be used to wrap a person in if their clothing catches fire.

The fact that they are so easy to use can mean they are a good go-to for the home kitchen, especially as they are very reasonably priced. All you need to do is let everyone know where the fire blanket is kept – bearing in mind it should be easy to access – and make sure your family knows how to use it safely.

Fire alarm

You may think that this goes without saying, but a fire alarm is vital to your family's safety. In fact, you should have several smoke alarms throughout your house that also act as alarms for carbon monoxide.

While you shouldn't have a smoke alarm in your kitchen – general smoke and steam from cooking can set them off – you should have one close to the kitchen. As there is more in a kitchen that can start a fire compared to many other rooms in your house, this will give you the earliest possible warning.

It is a good idea to get fire alarms with mute or hush buttons, which allow you to silence the alarm quickly when it goes off for no reason. This will reduce the temptation to take the batteries out of the alarm if it keeps going off, which can leave your family vulnerable.

Fire Extinguisher

You may think that a fire extinguisher is overkill, but it can be a good idea if the kitchen is in use a lot. There are several types to choose from but generally, dry powder or foam extinguishers are recommended for home use as they can be used on a number of different fire types.

It is important to get an extinguisher that you can carry, especially as you should place it in a hallway to be carried to the location of a fire. You should be careful, though, to avoid placing it near a heat source.

You should also make sure that any adults in your household know how to use the extinguisher. After all, there's no point in having it unless people know what to do with it. All types of extinguishers come with instructions, so familiarise yourself with these. 

While the worst may not happen, at least if you have these items in your home you are protected if a fire should break out.

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