Build­ing a safe and healthy kitchen

Home & Decor (Malaysia) - - FEATURE -

Ac­cord­ing to sta­tis­tics from the Fire and Res­cue Depart­ment, in 2018 alone, RM3.31 bil­lion worth of prop­erty was de­stroyed in fire-re­lated in­ci­dents. On av­er­age, about 6,000 premises na­tion­wide were de­stroyed by fire.

TIP 1 NEVER UN­DER­ES­TI­MATE THE USE OF A FIRE EX­TIN­GUISHER

Fire ex­tin­guish­ers these days come with unique and stylish ex­te­ri­ors. Con­sider light-weight and por­ta­ble fire ex­tin­guish­ers, which do not weigh or slow you down from ef­fi­ciently putting out a fire. A 2016 re­port from the Bor­neo Post on­line quotes Osafe Fire In­spec­tion Sdn Bhd Di­rec­tor Reuben Teoh who shares that as many as 80% homes aren’t equipped with fire ex­tin­guish­ers!

TIP 2 TAK­ING IN­CEN­TIVES TO CHILD-PROOF YOUR KITCHEN!

You can never be too pre­pared for the po­ten­tial haz­ards in the kitchen. Stove guards, knob cov­ers, and anti-tip brack­ets are a must in the pres­ence of chil­dren. A study con­ducted in 2016 by Safe Kids Malaysia Univer­siti Pu­tra Malaysia (UPM) in­di­cates that a child dies ev­ery two weeks from fire and burn in­juries. A whoop­ing 54% of re­spon­dents in a sur­vey re­ported in­ci­dents of burns and scalds at home.

TIP 3 CRE­AT­ING A SLIP-RE­SIS­TANT ZONE

Had a close call slip­ping on wet floor­ing? Mop or leave your floor tiles to dry prior to us­ing the kitchen. Get your tiles treated; oth­er­wise, in­vest in a pair of flat shoes with good grip or turn to strand-wo­ven bam­boo floor­ings.

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