Ah, spring. It’s finally here, or so we’re led to believe. (I’m looking at you, Mother Nature.) It’s a time for renewal and change, and Telegram.com reports that for 59% of homeowners, that transformation will take the form of a remodeling project.
If you’re one of those who plan to make a big change at home this year, you’re likely well aware of the planning that’s necessary to ensure things come together as you want them and in a timely manner. Whether you’re a DIYer or you’ve hired a contractor, keep in mind that there are also several safety precautions to consider when you’re remodeling, especially if your kitchen is the room of focus. Here are some things to remember as you plan your new kitchen.
First and foremost, no matter what area you’re remodeling, you’ll want to ensure that the workspace is safe for everyone. With exposed wires, heavy materials and tools lying around, construction areas can be very dangerous. There are a few steps to take that will help you prevent accidents while you remodel. For instance, Consumer Reports recommends that parents of small children move toys to a designated play area that’s a safe distance from the construction area. Be very mindful of any toxic chemicals used during your remodel as well, making sure they’re far from the reach of kids and animals. If possible, it’s also a good idea to assign a specific doorway for the work crew and another for everyone else.
Keep Fire Safety in Mind
When you consider that cooking is the leading cause of home structure fires and home fire injuries according to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), it’s easy to see why it’s so important to make fire safety a priority in your kitchen remodeling plans. Here are a few things to consider before and during your remodel:
- Buy appliances that have been tested and approved, and have them installed by a qualified electrician.
- Keep flammable items, such as aprons, oven mitts and food items, away from your oven and other heat sources by ensuring that hooks and shelves are installed at a safe distance.
- Consider installing a sprinkler system when you’re planning your remodel. According to the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition, you can reduce your risk of death in a home fire by 82% when you install both a fire sprinkler system and a fire extinguisher.
- Be sure you’re using ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets. GFCIs are commonly used in rooms such as kitchens and bathrooms to prevent the risk of electric shock.
Minimize the Risk of Slips and Falls
It’s incredibly important to choose flooring that’s both slip-resistant and comfortable – especially in your kitchen. A few of the classy, easy-to-clean and safe flooring styles recommended by Better Homes and Gardens include tile, cork, wood or laminate. If you plan to add a rug to your kitchen décor, be sure to secure it with a non-slip rug pad, and keep the room as uncluttered as possible.
Remodeling your home can be an exciting (and stressful) endeavor. When you’re spending so much time and energy on a large home project, you want to make sure you get it right. With a little planning upfront, you can make sure the result is a room you can enjoy safely and comfortably for years to come.
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