LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Nobody ever expects a fire or a fall in the kitchen, but these things happen. In fact, your kitchen is one of the most dangerous places in your home second only to the bathroom.
Here are five ways to make your kitchen safer from Caring.com.
1. Give grease some respect - Avoid frying and using deep-fat fryers around children and the elderly, who are most at risk since they have more sensitive skin. If there is a fire, smother it with baking soda or a pot lid, rather than by throwing water on it.
2. Sharpen your knives - Dull blades are more likely to slip during use and can cause more injuries than sharp ones. Consider avoiding wood handles, which deteriorate over time if washed in the dishwasher, making the knives more prone to slip and harder to use.
3. Stick around when you cook - If you absolutely need to leave the room, set a timer and carry it with you, so you're sure to hear it. Also, keep pot handles turned in toward the stove or to the side, not facing outward toward you - where they might grab them.
4. Remove wobbly stepstools - Unfortunately, people tend to use just about anything as a step-stool, including wobbly old ones, wooden stools meant for sitting, or small stools designed to be foot-rests. The ideal stepstool is a ladder-type design that rests securely on the ground and is designed for that purpose.
5. Skip the tablecloths with certain guests - Babies who are beginning walkers may grab at a hanging cloth for balance as they cruise past the table. And older adults with dementia have been known to get tangled in long cloths that hang into the lap. Placemats tend to be safer.