Updated: November 29, 2012 10:30 AM | By Leah Zerbe,
The Top 11 Kitchen Tips That Could Save Your Life

Use these tips to make the heart of your home a healthy haven.

Prepare for a fire (© iStockphoto)
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  • Vent a gas stove. (© iStockphoto)
  • Clean greenly. (© iStockphoto)
  • Remodel with real wood. (© iStockphoto)
  • Phase out plastic containers. (© iStockphoto)
  • Clean your hands, clean your food. (© iStockphoto)
  • Consider your pots and pans. (© iStockphoto)
  • Check your water. (© iStockphoto)
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Prepare for a fire.

Mount an A-B-C, dry-chemical fire extinguisher at eye level near the exit of your kitchen. Review the usage instructions frequently, so you’ll know how to use it should the need arise. You can dump baking soda on very small kitchen fires, as long as the stuff is clearly labelled—you don’t want to use flour by mistake, since it’s flammable. And remember to never pour water on grease fires; it’s likely to splatter the grease and spread the flames. Keep a smoke detector nearby, too—but not a carbon monoxide detector. Carbon monoxide detectors are affected by excessive humidity, and by close proximity to gas stoves, so they should be located way from kitchens (and bathrooms).

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