Art of Aging: Safety In The Kitchen

As we age, the family around the Thanksgiving table grows and grows and an unsafe kitchen space could spell disaster for you or a loved one.

In this month’s Art of Aging we talk about how to make your cooking space a safe place to be.

Russ & Leslie Knopp from comfort keepers have five ways you can prevent accidents.

The kitchen is the heart of the home, but it may present dangers for aging adults.

Here are five ideas from comfort keepers to stay safe in the kitchen.

  1. Move items that are used most often out of the highest and lowest cabinets and shelves, and into east-to-reach cabinets and drawers.
  2. Once a week, go through the food in the refrigerator and throw out anything that is expired. Go through your pantry and cabinet items once a month.
  3. Make sure there is adequate lighting over the sink range and counter tops to avoid spills, cuts or other accidents. You may want to install under-cabinet lighting to help with this. Also, add a night light.
  4. If there are area rugs in the kitchen, or anywhere in the home, remove them. They cause a lot of falls.
  5. Keep a fire extinguisher handy and make sure everyone knows how to use it properly.

You can get started by surveying the kitchen with a critical eye. What may seem perfectly harmless to you could be a potential threat to your loved one.

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