Gas stoves are convenient choices for the kitchen and used by many professional chefs who tout the superior cooking capabilities of the latest gas models. If you currently have a gas stove or are considering purchasing a new one, there are some safety tips that you should keep in mind to ensure that you get all of the benefits of gas cooking without falling victim to any of its risks.
Stay alert for odd smells. While gas leaks in the kitchen are not common in newer homes, it’s still important to be you aware of one’s warning signs. Natural gas is scented to give it a sulfuric smell that many describe as being similar to rotten eggs. If you smell this around your stove area, be sure to call your gas company as quickly as possible and keep everyone away from your home until help arrives.
- Keep the stovetop clean. Be sure to thoroughly clean your gas range after every use. Debris and grime left around or on the burners can pose a fire hazard, especially if it’s allowed to accumulate for long periods of time.
- Adjust the flame height. When you’re cooking, adjust the flame height to keep it confined to below the pan. The fire should never creep up around the sides.
- Stow flammable items away. Never allow paper, dish towel, fabrics or other fabric materials to be placed near your home.
- Monitor the kitchen. In addition to having a smoke detector in your home, it’s a good idea to also have a carbon monoxide detector installed in your kitchen if you have a gas stove.
Keeping a gas stove well maintained is essential if you wish to continue to operate it safety. At the first sign of any type of problem, contact Matic Service to come out and give your stove a check-up. We offer affordable rates on repairs and maintenance and can get your stove in perfect working order once again.