Safety Tips for your Oven
We count on our ovens and cook tops everyday, giving little thought to how dangerous the combination of electricity, gas, extremely hot heating elements and open flames can be. The sad truth is that fire departments throughout the U.S. are called to 156,600 home fires each year as a result of cooking activities that went terribly wrong. Those fires are responsible for 400 deaths, more than 5,000 injuries and property damage totaling $853 million.

At Adv Oven Repair, we want you to love cooking on your range or cook top, but we also want you to be safe. To help you do that, here are our tips for staying safe while you use your oven.

1. The proper set up of your range or oven is important. Oven tipping causes child fatalities every year and can be prevented by securing the range with an anti-tip bracket. If you have moved into an apartment or home where the oven was already installed, check to make sure it is securely attached to the wall before letting children into the kitchen.

2. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby and test and replace it as directed by the manufacturer. Make it a habit to keep baking soda and cooking pan lids handy to help contain potential flame-ups, and never use water to try to put out a grease fire. Keep a cell phone near you as you're cooking in case you need to call for help, and don’t try to fight the fire yourself.

3. Before you use your oven or cook top, give it a good once-over. Wipe away grease or food spills on the cook top that could cause flare-ups when you start the appliance. Check for any gas smell, and make sure there aren’t any pans, spatulas or pots in your oven.

3. Use the back burners on the cook top as much as possible to keep hot items away from children’s hands and to avoid accidental spilling of hot fluids. Using back burners can also prevent grease splatters from reaching the cook’s hands, forearms and face as easily as if the pan was placed on a front burner.

4. Keep yourself safe by rolling up loose sleeves and securing dangling jewelry, scarves or hair that might present a fire hazard.

5. Don’t place paper towels, dish towels, pot holders or other flammable objects near the cook top, and never turn on a burner without first covering it with a pot or pan. Turn burners off before you remove the pot or pan from the burner.

6. Keep a drawer near the oven fully stocked with sturdy, intact potholders and oven mitts. Cloth potholders can wear out over time, so if any spot is wearing thin, replace it right away to avoid burning your fingers or hands. Don’t use overly long dish towels to move hot items around on your cook top as the ends can accidentally touch open flames. Open the oven door slowly and remove pot lids carefully to avoid steam burns.
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