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Useful tips

Safety in the kitchen and bathroom

Distraction is one of the main, most frequent causes of accidents around the home: always remember that you are performing potentially hazardous actions for your health and safety (for instance, using sharp blades, cleaning with corrosive detergents, tasks in contact with fire and high temperatures…) and it is therefore necessary to stay sharp at all times. Below are some simple tips, which are often plain common sense, which may help you avoid domestic hazards.

  • Be especially careful when performing the most risky activities in your kitchen or bathroom (for example: cutting with sharp knives, replacing light bulbs, using small appliances near water, cutting with pointed objects, etc.).
  • Have all gas connections made by specialist staff only, who must only use approved piping or components. Always turn off the main gas supply tap when gas is not required.
  • Do not leave knives unattended (in particular, keep them out of children's reach).
  • Store detergents or other dangerous products in a safe location out of children's reach (Scavolini can provide specific accessories for this).
  • Corrosive materials (acetone, ammonia, trichloroethylene, bleach, caustic soda, muriatic acid…) and fumes that escape bottles that have not been properly sealed could damage your kitchen components. So be sure to close all such materials properly and keep them out of children's reach.
  • Do not overload furniture units (please refer to the recommendations in the use and maintenance manual).
  • Avoid standing or climbing onto tops, drawers, tables and chairs. Chairs should be used with all four legs firmly on the ground (so no rocking please!).
  • Avoid standing or climbing onto glass tops and avoid overloading glass shelves. If it breaks or chips, the sharp glass edge may cut you. To avoid breaking the glass, beware of any knocks, especially on corners since these are more fragile (please refer to the recommendations in the use and maintenance manual).
  • To reach the highest wall units, use dedicated stepladders and do not climb onto chairs, stools and especially not the worktop.
  • Have the electrical systems checked especially in those rooms (such as the broom cupboard) where solvents, paper, clothing may be stored…
  • Keep all taps and systems in perfect working order.
  • Avoid wearing loose-sleeved clothing near gas hobs in operation as these may accidentally come into contact with the flames.
  • Use non-slip mats because water on the floor could cause unfortunate falls.
  • Do not use electrical appliances near sinks or wet areas.
  • Carefully follow the safety instructions for appliances.
  • Check the voltage of electrical appliances before plugging them into sockets; when you have finished using the appliance, do not pull on the cable to unplug it.
  • Make sure electrical appliances are unplugged before cleaning them.
  • Always contact specialised staff for the maintenance of appliances; if you need to open up the appliance, make sure you have unplugged it from the power source.
  • Minimise electrical connections using extension cables, reducers and multiple sockets.
  • Switch off the main switch before cleaning lamps or changing light bulbs.
  • Use the water heater at a temperature of no more than 50°C to avoid the risk of accidental scalding.
  • Keep a small fire extinguisher in your home