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Electrical Safety in the Kitchen

There are many potential safety hazards present in your kitchen. Do you know what they are and how you can stay safe? We can help you out!

  1. Using multiple kitchen appliances at the same time can overload the circuit or outlet. Make sure all appliances are professionally and properly wired, and do not plug more than one large appliance into the same outlet.
  2. Water and electricity are never a good mix. Do not use electrical appliances or switches with wet hands. Keep a kitchen towel nearby to dry your hands to keep water on your skin from coming in contact with electronics.
  3. Another way to keep water and electricity from mixing is by having GFCI outlets installed. Plug countertop appliances into GFCI outlets.
  4. Dirt and dust build up on refrigerator coils can create a fire hazard and even make your refrigerator less efficient. Vacuum or wipe down refrigerator coils every three months.
  5. The kitchen is an easy place for electrical fires to start. Keep appliance cords away from hot surfaces, make sure you have a working smoke detector in or near the kitchen, and keep your stove and oven clean.
  6. If you experience shock from an appliance, this could be a sign of bad wiring. Turn off power to the appliance and have a licensed electrician assess the problem. Also check with the U.S. Product Safety Commission for any recalls of appliances.

Share these tips with your family and friends to help keep others safe in the kitchen. If you are ever experiencing electrical problems in your kitchen or anywhere else in your home, call your licensed and certified electricians at Mr. Electric.

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