Exposed: Hidden Dangers Of The Kitchen

Quick, what’s the most dangerous room in your house? The bathroom? Dimly lit attic? Cluttered garage? You might be surprised to learn that for most households, the big risks are actually lurking in the kitchen.

Despite our nice dining rooms and comfortable living rooms, most of us find ourselves congregating in the kitchen, whether it’s for family meals or weekend cocktail parties.For many of us, the kitchen brings to mind warm memories.

Although our families are very diverse, kitchens in America tend to be very similar. We’ve all got counter tops, refrigerators, and cabinets. Most kitchens are 300 sq. feet or less, and most of us wish we could remodel ours.

To be fair to kitchens, it’s all the time spent in them that contributes to their danger. For instance, there were almost 100,000 reported injuries involving tableware and flatware in 2009. We’re talking forks and spoons people! Holidays are the top three days for cooking fires in the U.S., and nearly 400 people die from those kitchen fires every year!

Scroll through this infographic for more surprising facts about the hidden dangers of the American kitchen. Then, use the helpful posts below to keep the busiest room in your home clean, safe, and organized.

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Sarah clevenger
Sarah clevenger4 years ago

why don't just people wash the fruit & veggies first? ,And people wonder why americans health is so bad, look at how little most people spend on food clearly they aren't getting quality food. while i understand not everyone has very much money but you never want to go cheap when it comes to food ,your medical bills will thank you

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson4 years ago

who knew?!? ;)

Carla van der Meer

As a chef, I am well aware of the dangers in kitchens and kudos to Care2 to educating those who may not be aware of the many hazards. Thanks.

William & Katri D.
Katie & Bill D4 years ago

Wash veggie's and fruit well, NO E-coli and other in the refrig. Clean the refrig out well. Watch the heat on the stove don't start on high and dont' turn it on and walk away, stay right there to watch it. If there's a need to walk away turn it off and pull it off of the burner.You can always sit it right back on again.
Be safe!
Thank You

Judy Apelis
Judy A4 years ago

Thank you.

heather g.
heather g4 years ago

Interesting info. What is upsetting is the seeing the low percentage on income US people spend on buying food, compared with us in Canada.

B J.
BJ J4 years ago

Agree the kitchen can be dangerous but flatware is the #3 cause of injuries? Maybe I'm not such a klutz after all.

Dale O.

The kitchen is a favourite place for making meals from scratch. It's always good to be aware of the hidden dangers...but forks and garbage cans? One would interested in knowing some of the stories about garbage can dangers.

Val M.
Val M4 years ago


Magdalen B.
Magdalen B4 years ago

Trying to work out how fridges attack more than forty thousand people. (There's a move idea just waiting.).