Gas stoves are a popular appliance in the kitchen, often the preferred option over electric stoves. This is thanks to the speed and efficiency of gas stoves, which don’t require time to heat up, unlike electric stovetops. However, while gas may have certain advantages, they also come with some safety risks. Fortunately, there are some simple gas stove safety steps you can take to help keep your family safe.
Gas stove safety tips
We all know that the kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s where we gather to cook, eat, and socialise. But did you know that the kitchen is also one of the most dangerous rooms in the house? So, what can you do to keep your kitchen safe? Here are some gas stove safety tips to help you avoid a disaster:
Gas stove flame
The flame on a gas stove can be turned higher or lower, providing a simple way to manage the flame. However, if this flame is left unattended, hazards can ensue. Be sure to switch off the burner whenever you step out of the room. That way, you can be certain that no fire will break out and children, if any, won’t risk burning themselves.
Keep area free of utensils
Any time you have an open flame, whether it’s a barbecue or bonfire outdoors or a gas stove inside, you want to make sure there are no items that will get inflamed and become a fire hazard. This means keeping oven mitts safely away, wooden spoons, spatulas, paper towels, etc. This also extends to the handles of your cookware. Be sure to keep the handle out of the way of the flame by turning it outwards toward the bench, making sure the handle doesn’t overheat and burn you when you go to touch it.
Protect from carbon monoxide poisoning
One of the significant dangers of owning a gas stove oven is the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. This is because carbon monoxide is odourless and impossible to detect unless you have the technology to detect it. The effects of carbon monoxide poisoning are detrimental and can include dizziness, nausea, and vomiting. Ensure your stove’s nobs are turned off after cooking
Keep area clean
A build-up of grease and food can easily catch fire. Make sure you wipe down your stovetop before and after cooking to be sure nothing sticks to the top and be an issue later. Not only that but cleaning any spills as soon as they happen will be easier than cleaning them after they dry and stick to the surface.
Gas stove safety shutoff
One of the most important gas stove safety tips is to make sure you have a shutoff valve installed. The shutoff valve will help prevent gas leaks in case of a problem with your stove. You should also be sure to monitor your stove for any signs of damage, such as leaks or cracks. If you don’t notice any problems, be sure to contact Akins Plumbing, your qualified technicians capable of assessing the issue to ensure the utmost safety.
Need a gas stove oven repair?
Akins Plumbing is Brisbane’s leading plumbing company and are here to help with any gas repairs, hot water repairs or any other plumbing issue. If you’re still concerned about gas stove safety or you’re looking for a quote, contact the team at Akins Plumbing at (07) 3891 7480, online, or via e-mail.