The key to preventing fall related injuries in the kitchen is to keep your kitchen floors clean. This means sweeping frequently and wiping up spills and splatters as soon as they occur. It also means keeping floors free of clutter and that objects that are stored on the floor, such as boxes, trash cans, or baskets, are kept in an organized manner that keeps them out of walkways where they won’t cause your to trip and fall.
Sweep Kitchen Floor Frequently For Safety
It’s a good safety habit to keep a dedicated kitchen broom and dustpan on hand that never leaves the kitchen, except to be cleaned. Whether you think your floor needs to be swept or not make a habit of sweeping your kitchen floor at least twice a day. It’s best to do so right before you cook, every time you cook, and again afterward. This makes sure that the floor is always clean and reduces the likeliness that some unsuspecting person will slip and fall.
Make sure to keep you broom clean so that particles aren’t transferred from one sweeping to another. Shake brooms out either outside or over a trash can every day. Most broom bristles can be washed off with clean water or soapy water as needed. I wash my broom heads once a week to make sure they are clean and free of particles, strands of hair, or sticky spots.
Your kitchen broom and dustpan should be kept in a handy location, where you can reach them quickly if something spills or breaks. Beside the refrigerator is a good place for them, or just inside the pantry door.
Clean Spills and Splatters In The Kitchen Immediately For Safety
Spills and splatters on your kitchen floor can be very hazardous. It’s the number one reason people fall down in the kitchen. It’s a good safety habit to keep a wet cloth on hand to wipe them up as soon as they happen. This includes wiping off the handles of appliances to prevent them from slipping out of your hand, which can cause you to loose your balance and fall as well.
It’s also a good idea to get into the habit of mopping your floor every evening after it’s last use. You don’t have to get to down hands and knees every time, but a quick daily mopping of kitchen floors helps to keep them safe, and prevents build-up in corners and along floorboards from occurring, which will enhance the overall safety of your kitchen floors and make them easier to clean in the future, preventing falls.
Use Kitchen Step Stools For Safety
When we need to reach something high up the kitchen our first response is to grab a chair. This is a bad habit and should be broken if you’ve developed it. Keep a stable step stool or ladder on hand that can easily be accessed when you need it. If it’s in your garage it doesn’t do you much good. Keep it in your kitchen or pantry, where it will be handy, in case you need it. That way you aren’t tempted to use a chair “just this one time”. And that one time will be the time you fall.
Use Bib-Skids On Kitchen Rug for Safety
Throw rugs, such as rag rugs, can also be a safety issue in the kitchen. They can slip on a clean surface and cause you to fall. Most home improvement stores sell non-skid safety backings, called bib-skids, which attach to the underside of the rug and keep it from sliding around.
Use A Sturdy Ladder in The Kitchen For Safety
Never try to get to a very high place, such as a plant shelf, by standing on the kitchen counter. Use a stable ladder and try to make sure another person is in the room to hold the ladder to help keep you from having a fall, or at least be available to call for help if you do fall.
If you have equilibrium problems, arthritis, or another condition that might make climbing a ladder a safety concern or risky don’t be afraid to ask for help.