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      Gas Stove Safety Tips

      Gas stoves are a common heat source for cooking, preferred by professional chefs and home cooks alike for their quick heat response and high BTU (British thermal units) output potential. However, the efficiency of a gas stove comes with real fire hazards for the cook who does not pay attention. Following a few simple tips when using a gas cooktop will dramatically lower your chances of accident and injury.

      Do’s

      • Check the pilot light. Some older gas stoves are equipped with pilot lights which stay lit when the stove is not on. If the pilot light is out, your stove may be slowly leaking gas into the room.
      • Clean the burners regularly. Accumulated grease and oil can ignite on the stovetop if not cleaned.
      • Keep handles to the side. Pots and pans should have their handles turned so they don't hang off the stovetop. This helps prevent people accidentally snagging pots of spilling boiling water or children reaching up and grabbing handles.
      • Inspect your smoke alarm. Your smoke alarm is the first line of defense for detecting and preventing a stovetop fire, so make sure it is functioning and equipped with fresh batteries.
      • Install a carbon monoxide detector. Burning any kind of fuel creates poisonous carbon monoxide. This gas is colorless and odorless, which makes a good CO detector a necessity.
      • Keep a fire extinguisher close. Grease fires cannot be put out with water. Keeping a small fire extinguisher at hand gives you the ability to control small kitchen fires.

      Don’ts

      • Don't grab handles of pots and pans. Gas stoves heat more of the pan, so the handles get hotter than with other stove types. Use a potholder before you grab handles or lids.
      • Don't put unnecessary items on the stovetop. Only pots and pans currently being used for cooking should be on the stovetop.
      • Don't ignore gas odors. If you smell gas in your house, check to make sure the burners are turned off. If your stove is already off and you still smell gas, leave your house and dial 9-1-1.
      • Don't overfill your cookware. When you add your food to a too-full pot, the cooking oil will bubble over and possibly cause a fire or burns to your body.
      • Don't leave the stove on unattended. Even on a low simmer setting, an open flame in your kitchen should still be watched at all times because of how quickly a kitchen fire can start.

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