If you’re thinking about implementing a home remodeling project, one of the first things to consider is the best rooms to start with. One of the more popular options is the kitchen, as transforming this space can greatly improve the functionality of one’s home. In a report published by the National Kitchen and Bathroom Association (NKBA), over 10 million kitchens in the US undergo renovation each year. Different objectives can be involved with such a project, with one of the major targets including safety levels in this section.
Some effective ways you can enhance safety levels with a Wellesley MA Kitchen Remodel include:
Installing a Fire Extinguisher
Considering the nature of the environment, accidental fires represent one of the greater risks that can be experienced in a kitchen. These fires are generally generated from three sources, namely, oil/grease fires, electrical fires, and flammable items next to an open heat source. Although the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) only requires commercial kitchens to have fire extinguishers, placing one in your residence is also highly recommendable. Two of the primary alternatives that can be installed in a residential kitchen when it comes to fire extinguishers are dry powder and CO2 canisters. Dry powder extinguishers have a blue label on the canisters while CO2 alternatives have a black label. Most individuals prefer CO2 extinguishers as the aftermath is less messy.
Lighting also plays a major role in maintaining the safety levels of your kitchen. The activities that take place in this part of the house can be potentially dangerous when conducted in areas of poor visibility. It’s essential to ensure that one can see every section of their workspace. Working with open fires, knives, and other sharp objects requires a sufficient range of vision to avoid accidents. Two types of lighting that can be integrated into a kitchen setup include ambient and task lighting. Ambient fixtures can be referred to as general lighting and are generally used to create a balanced level of light across the entire room. Task lighting, on the other hand, removes any shadows that might encroach on workspaces. It enhances the level of illumination enjoyed in workspaces allowing you to safely prepare meals.
Installing Monitoring Systems
The adage that prevention is better than cure is accurate when it comes to the integration of monitoring systems. Some dangers aren’t easily recognizable in some cases or require immediate attention to be effectively addressed. The two primary sensors that are installed in kitchens are smoke and CO2 detectors. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the smoke alarm implemented with a Wellesley MA Kitchen Remodel should be placed at least 10 feet from the cooking area. This minimizes false alarms that can result from cooking activities. The appliance should be mounted high up on the walls or the ceiling. CO2 alarms should also be placed between 5 to 20 feet away from open flames to avoid false alarms.
If you’re looking to not only enhance the appearance of your kitchen but to improve safety levels as well, call us today! Exponential construction, your preferred contractor!