Is there a risk of falling on wet flooring especially near the sink and washing machine?
Non-slip mats, a fitted carpet or carpet tiles should be used. Wet floor areas should be mopped as soon as possible.
Is everything within easy reach without stretching or climbing on chairs/stools etc?
Stretching and reaching above head height can make you feel dizzy and there is a temptation to climb up on chairs to reach something. Things, which are used regularly, should be on the ‘easy to reach shelves’.
If steps have to be used are they secure with a handrail and system to keep the legs locked?
Never use a chair or a stool to stand on. Properly designed steps can be used in reasonable safety if you are fit enough. They must be designed with an effective handrail and with an easily applied lock for the legs. If possible ask someone else to help.
Do you struggle to get things in and out of an oven?
Would using a counter top oven, or microwave reduce the risk of injury from reaching for hot food items?
Do you struggle to carry items from the kitchen to dining area?
You might benefit from a kitchen trolley. Trolleys are not recommended as a walking aid, they are to carry small items from one place to another. If you are unsteady on your feet you will need an assessment to see if a trolley is safe for you to use.
Do not over load your trolley- it is not a storage area. Storing items on the trolley will make it harder and more unpredictable to move.
Some smaller pieces of equipment can be self-purchased to make kitchen tasks easier.For example, ‘one cup’ kettles to reduce the risk of carrying a heavy kettle of water or cooking baskets to stop the risk of carrying a heavy saucepan of hot water to drain.
Fire Safety Advice
- Chuck out your chip pan – they are very dangerous and cause thousands of fires each year across the UK
- Stand by your pan – make sure you don't get distracted when cooking if you need to leave the room turn it off
- Don't put metal in the microwave
- Don't wear loose clothing when cooking and keep tea towels away from the hob
- Washers and Dryers can cause fires so only use when in the home and switch off when not in use