TOM: Kitchens can get busier than ever during the holiday season. So before your guests stream in why not make sure that space is safe? Hi, I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete with today’s Money Pit Home Improvement Minute.
TOM: Raw poultry can carry salmonella, so always cut on a plastic cutting board, not wood which can hold germs. And be sure to wipe down the counter after each use with a disinfectant.
LESLIE: When you’re filling heavy pots and pans, protect your back by placing the pot on the stove first and then add your ingredients. Better yet, pick up an extra-long hose for your sink sprayer to fill pots without lifting.
TOM: Lighting is another key element to a safe kitchen and not always difficult to install. With stick-on LEDs that run on batteries you can add under-cabinet lighting faster than you can stuff a turkey.
LESLIE: Finally, remember that half of all burns treated in the ER result from scalding. Stay safe by setting your home’s water heater to no more than 120 degrees. I’m Leslie Segrete.
TOM: And I’m Tom Kraeutler. For more Money Pit home improvement tips, visit moneypit.com.