Home Safety Assessment - Kitchen

From the Department of Rehabilitation Science - University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Portions of the full document are used here as a helpful tool to find issues in your home.

Kitchen

The list identifies all the potential home hazards that may cause a fall.

  1. Cabinet too high or low
  2. Not enough counter space
  3. Using a stool or a chair to reach things
  4. Not enough room to maneuver
  5. Presence of throw/scatter rug 
  6. Presence of slippery floor
  7. Poor lighting
  8. Presence of a pet underfoot when preparing meals

Solutions to Problems in the Kitchen

1. Cabinet too high or too low

  • Move items to the shelves closest to the counter.
  • Add hooks to the wall for pots and pans you use frequently.

2. Not enough counter space

  • Make sure available counter space is cleared of clutter. Use Lazy Susan.
  • Move kitchen table closer to counter for additional work space.
  • Use a rolling cart for added work space.

3. Using a stool to a chair to reach things

  • Move items to lower shelves.
  • Replace the stool with a sturdy step ladder.  

4. Not enough room to maneuver

  • Eliminate clutter or excessive furniture (extra kitchen chairs, etc.) to add space.
  • Remove a leaf from the table and push it closer to the wall.

5. Presence of a throw/scatter rug

  • Remove a scatter rug or use a double sided rug tape or rug pad to secure the rug to the floor.

6. Presence of slippery floor

    • Do not walk on a wet floor.
    • Wear comfortable and fit shoes or socks with a non-skid sole.
    • Change flooring surface to one that is less slippery.

    7. Poor lighting

      • Increase wattage of bulbs to allowable level.
      • Add under counter lighting.
      • Add additional overhead lighting.

      8. Presence of a pet underfoot when preparing meals

        • Remove the pet from the kitchen while cooking and add a pet gate to the entry ways of the kitchen.
        • Put the pet outside or in a crate.

         

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