Check a couple of these items off your winter home safety maintenance checklist to improve conditions in your kitchen.
Nobody likes a stinky sink, so take a little time this February to clear the air in your kitchen. A clogged garbage disposal isn’t just gross—it can create expensive plumbing problems. Here’s how to clean your garbage disposal.1
- Turn off the power.
- Wipe the grinding chamber and drain.
- Deodorize with ice and vinegar.
Keep your garbage disposal clean for the rest of the year by grinding orange and lemon peels once a week.
Did you know that 8% of home cooking fires are caused by dirty ovens or ranges?2 Grime and food built up over the year can render your oven a grimy fire hazard if you don’t clean it regularly.
The good news is cleaning the oven is as easy as following the instructions on your favorite brand of oven cleaner.
Keeping your smoke detector and carbon monoxide alarms in top shape can also prevent fires. Be sure to check your CO and smoke alarms once a month by testing the batteries and replacing the unit every 10 years. If you’re due for a replacement, consider our recommendations for the best smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
Kitchen fires are serious business. From 2012 to 2016, cooking was the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries and the second leading cause behind home fire deaths.3
You can keep an accident from becoming a tragedy by investing in a fire extinguisher and training your family on how to use it.