Kitchens, along with bathrooms, are among the most hazardous of all rooms in a house. Spilled liquids, grease, falls and fires are just some of the safety issues that have to be considered when planning any DIY kitchen projects.
Aside from specialized rules such as electrical regulations for kitchens and gas regulations for kitchens, most safety rules for kitchens are based on good common sense. Pay attention to these and it’s possible to reduce the likelihood of a bad kitchen accident by a considerable margin.
Don’t put stoves or ranges under windows or next to doors.
Blowing kitchen curtains could easily catch fire from hot burners or grease fires in a skillet.
Stoves also should not be placed near doors because people tend to congregate in such areas, or they may brush against a hot stove in passing.
Keep ovens and refrigerators or freezers separated from one another. For example, if the refrigerator and the stove must go on the same wall, be sure there’s a bank of cupboards between them. Also, make sure that the stove is well ventilated to remove the heat. Otherwise, the motor in the refrigerator or freezer will have to work harder to keep things cool, and it most likely will burn out. A refrigerator that doesn’t keep cold food stored at 40 degrees F or below will allow the growth of bacteria. Result: food poisoning!
Keep refrigerators out of corners. These appliance doors must open wider than 90 degrees so that shelves can be removed for cleaning.
Keep the stove away from the sink, at least 24 inches (600 mm). This is to minimize the possibility that water will splash into hot fat and cause it to explode, possibly igniting a fire.
Keep a fire blanket within easy reach of the stove at all times in case hot grease catches fire.
Smothering is the best extinguisher for a hot fat fire because it deprives the fire of oxygen without spreading the burning grease around to ignite other parts of the room.
Remember the kitchen work triangle for safety as well as efficiency.
Don’t put the refrigerator in an area where hot utensils will be transferred, to avoid running into people getting food from the fridge. Try to keep the traffic flow away from the stove or food preparation working spaces. If this isn’t possible, try to minimize traffic encounters as much as possible when cooking.
Think about installing non-slip flooring material in the kitchen. Between stray drops of water, inevitable food spills and other liquid hazards, non-slip flooring may save many a fall. Area rugs can be helpful in front of the stove and the sink, but make sure they’re well-anchored and made of a low pile to reduce the possibility of tripping.
Pay attention to kitchen lighting. For example, kitchen island lighting could involve pendant lamps, which provide focused light for task work. However, be sure that the pendants hang at levels where people aren’t likely to bump their heads or get pendants on extendable cords to raise and lower them as needed.
Keep your wits about you in the kitchen and you’ll avoid most mishaps.
There are few checkboxes and criteria you need to follow when selecting your Kitchen sink…
- The size of the cabinet underneath your sink.
- The size of your countertop (whether it has a backsplash or not).
- The material of your countertop.
- The way how you will use your sink.
- Your preferences.
- How much you can afford.
Sinks are in all shapes and sizes with so many options in the market. Let’s take a look at the most crucial shapes.
- different shapes for a more brightening look; for instance, an L-shape for corner mounting, or ones that just somewhat farther than the bureau at the front.
1. Single-basIn: This is a little sink. On the off chance that you have a kitchen island, you may get a kick out of the chance to mount a solitary bowl soak in it, assistant to your principle sink. On the off chance that you have a dishwasher, you can flush the dishes in this sink before placing them in the apparatus. On the off chance that its bowl is genuinely substantial and profound (10 or 12 inches (25-30 cm) inside and out) this sink might be more agreeable for you to wash huge utensils in than a standard sink with two indistinguishable bowls.
2. Double-basIn: A sink of standard 33 inches (84 cm) length to 22 inches (56 cm) width that fits splendidly to the standard sink bureau – 36 inches (91 cm) length to 24 inches (61 cm) width. Its bowls are regularly indistinguishable.
It’s a decent choice for a sink in the event that you wash your dishes physically; you wash them in one of the bowls and flush them in the other one. In the event that one of the bowls is greater and more profound, it will be less demanding for you to wash vast utensils, for example, pots and container.
3. Triple-basIn: This kitchen sink is much bigger. You can utilize one of the bowls to wash the dishes and the other one to flush them. Utilize the third one (typically littler) to wash vegetables or introduce a trash transfer unit in it.
Kitchen Sink Installation
- As a self-rimming sink: here, your sink covers the ledge. It’s useful for your ledge to be produced using a smooth material (overlay, regular stone… ), in this manner enabling the sink to adjust itself superbly with the ledge.
The hindrance here is that you will think that its harder to clean around the sink. With time it might likewise assemble earth, where your sink joins the ledge.
With this sort of establishment, your fixture will more often than not be mounted on the sink itself.
- As an undermount sink: here, your ledge covers the sink. For this situation, no joints with the sink are seen on the ledge, giving an appearance of straightforwardness. It is anything but difficult to clean around such a sink; you can wipe squander straight from the ledge to the sink.
Remember that, for this situation, your ledge will be presented to water from the side too. On the off chance that it is produced using overlay it might ruin.
With this sort of establishment, your fixture will be mounted on the ledge.
- As a tile-in sink: here, your sink is on the level of the countertop. If your countertop is tiled, this type of sink installation is especially convenient. Sinks are flat at the ends, and their edges are at right angles. Thus they fit well to the tiles.
Again, it will be easy to clean the countertop, wiping in the direction of the sink. However, the grout between the tiles, and between the sink and the countertop, will gather dirt with time.