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Kitchens are a major area where home accidents occur.  Knowing how to be safe in a kitchen and how to make sure your kitchen appliances are safely installed and in proper working order is key to good kitchen safety.

“Did you know that free-standing kitchen ranges and improperly installed built-ins can tilt forward when someone applies too much pressure to an open door?  The possible result is injuries from the tipped range, and scalds and burns caused by hot food and liquids falling from the range top. 

While such an accident can happen to anyone, small children and older people are especially vulnerable to accidental range tipping.  The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) urges parents to supervise children when they’re in the kitchen and to teach them the safe use of the range.

No one should ever use the open oven door for support.  That’s especially important for older individuals who have difficulty stooping or bending.

For added protection against range-tipping mishaps, make sure the proper anti-tip devise is installed on the range.  This device secures the range to the floor and/or wall and helps prevent it from tipping forward.

Always be safety conscious when using a range and other appliances.  Use them only for the tasks they are designed to do.” –Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers.



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