The Menu: Electrical Safety in the Kitchen

Many homeowners consider the kitchen the lifeline of the home. The hub, if you will. It’s where family members often meet to chat, hang out and share delicious meals, but it can quickly become a danger zone if you’re not careful. After all, nearly ⅔ of all home fires start in the kitchen and that may come as no surprise considering all of the appliances and heat-producing devices.

Utilize GFCIs

One of the most important, if not the sole most important, part of being proactive about safety in the kitchen is utilizing GFCI outlets. Ground fault circuit interrupters are designed to protect from electrical shock, and even electrocution, by cutting the flow of electricity if there is a detectable loss of current.

GFCI outlets should be installed throughout the kitchen, especially near sinks, refrigerators, islands and anywhere else where water might be present.

The Safety Menu:

  • Never use electrical devices or appliances with worn or frayed wires.
  • Always plug countertop appliances into GFCI outlets.
  • Repair or replace any device that gives off an electrical shock.
  • Keep all appliances and electronic devices away from the sink.
  • Always keep cooking areas and countertops clean — this includes the stove, the oven and the microwave.
  • Never run wires near or across the stove, toaster or microwave.
  • Remember to vacuum refrigerator coils monthly to avoid the buildup of excess heat which can cause a fire.

From GFCI outlet installation to appliance wiring and any other kitchen electrical needs, GEN3 has you covered! Call us today at 215-512-4102 to schedule an appointment and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook for more tips and helpful advice.