Your kitchen design and layout will probably be sufficiently detailed for you to know where you want to be able to place and use small appliances. This should be your guide in positioning outlets.

For example, if you plan to use an under-cabinet can opener and coffee maker to free up counter space, you might want to locate an outlet just below the cabinet where you will mount the appliances. This keeps cords out of the way and makes the outlet less visible.

Similarly, if you are creating a beverage center, you will want an outlet for the coffee maker and maybe for a blender. The keys to outlet placement are to try to keep them away from water and to have the outlets where you plan to use them.

Don’t forget to include electrical outlets on islands, peninsulas and dining or serving counters. Don’t forget to place outlets in one or two places that are out of the way of food preparation, where a second person might need to operate an electric knife or a meat slicer or other small appliance used occasionally.

Also use GFCI outlets for safety. Finally, be sure that the electrician and the designer know where you plan to install specialty ovens, refrigerators, freezers, and other appliances.

Think about both accessibility to the cook(s) and having them out of the reach of young children; for example, make sure it is not necessary to reach across a hot burner to reach the outlet that you would use to plug in a hand mixer to use at the stove or cook top.