It's wise to keep the entire house tidy and free of dangerous obstacles - especially as we age. This rule is most important in the kitchen. Coordinator of Staff Development at Lutheran Care Rich Mosher says, "Keep it clean. Keep it uncluttered as much as you possibly can. Countertops, floor areas, keep them clean. Try not to store items in your kitchen floor. The less you keep in your kitchen and counters, the less you can get injured as a result of it.
Rich also says one of the most dangerous times in your kitchen is while you cook. His advice is to avoid wearing loose clothing - such as sweaters, long-sleeves that could hang down and and fall onto the surface and catch fire.
Keep flammable items like paper towels, oils and cloths that could get to close to the burner and catch fire. And, while you are cooking, remember how you realized the danger to children of pan and pot handles sticking over the edge of the stovetop? It's still a smart idea to protect us adults, too. If you do have a fire, Rich says do not try to be a hero! He says his best advice is to get out and call 9-1-1.
One more thing that many people don't realize is extension cords are a never a good idea for anywhere in your kitchen for anything. If they're ever used it should be for a very temporary time period.