If you live in a household with a kitchen, it may not be the only one.
As the world becomes more connected, it’s becoming increasingly likely that we’re not only spending less time outdoors but also spending more time indoors.
And now, scientists are warning that blind-spots in the home are becoming a growing problem.
Blind-spot blinds are a problem in many households, especially for those who are blind or partially sighted.
The phenomenon is called “kitchen blindness”.
It can occur when there’s a gap in the sight of one or both eyes and the home has been left unattended for too long, which can lead to food getting lost, food being spoiled, or food being mislabeled.
While there are ways to prevent kitchen blinds such as using blind-sore-proofing products, it can also make the situation worse if the blind-spot becomes infected or if the house is left unattending for too many hours.
But while the prevalence of kitchen blind-ups in Australia is growing, it remains a relatively new phenomenon, with more than 70,000 incidents reported in 2016, according to data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
This is on top of the hundreds of thousands of reported cases reported annually worldwide.
While the prevalence in Australia may be higher, the number of incidents is still far lower than other countries, such as China, where the number is believed to be hundreds of millions.
The most common culprits are food handling, where people accidentally put their food on the counter instead of putting it away.
This causes the food to go in the wrong bin or the food gets spoiled, resulting in food loss.
Or it can happen when someone puts something into the fridge and then turns around and accidentally spills it.
It can happen because food has been moved to the wrong fridge or when food is placed on a table or in the kitchen instead of in the sink.
The AIHW’s data suggests that most of the incidents in Australia are caused by food-related accidents.
While this may not seem like a problem for many people, it is.
In fact, food-handling accidents accounted for a quarter of all reported food-injury incidents in 2016.
In the UK, it was also found that about half of all food-safety incidents in 2017 were food-prevention incidents.
The number of food-security incidents also increased in the US, where they were almost twice as high.
“There is a real problem with food handling that can be caused by not using food safe and proper, and there are other reasons as well, such to the food being left in the fridge, not putting the food away correctly and to the kitchen not being left unattached,” says Professor Helen Williams, who studies kitchen safety at the University of Tasmania.
This can lead, for example, to food that has gotten lost, damaged or spoiled in the dishwasher.
She also says that the more often people move food, the more likely they are to leave it out on the kitchen counter without cleaning it properly, which is a common cause of kitchen blindness.
So how do you spot a kitchen blind?
To find out more, the AIHN is running a free survey in which people can pick a food-contact item to ask for a picture of, or ask a question about, how it looks, smells or tastes.
If it’s something they’ve never seen before, they can also ask about it in a kitchen context.
“If you have a kitchen that’s not blind-safe, you may find a blind spot or two, but it’s unlikely that you’ll have an accident,” Williams says.
“But if you have an area that has a very low likelihood of being blind-free, it might be a sign of the potential for blind spots, especially if there’s someone nearby.”
A kitchen blind is the most common type of kitchen injury, and can be fatal.
It’s estimated that up to 50 per cent of kitchen injuries in Australia happen in households where there’s no blind-protection, or where people are too blind to know they’re blind.
And while most kitchen injuries are preventable, the severity of those injuries can be unpredictable.
This means that there are times when food can get lost in the refrigerator, which could be fatal for someone with a weakened immune system.
But the most likely way to avoid a kitchen accident is to take steps to make sure you have good food handling practices in your home, including: Never putting food on a counter or in a dishwasher