Gas stoves enable precise heat control during cooking. To operate gas stove safely, the required precautions should be taken. Improper operation of the gas stove may lead to fires, burns as well as carbon monoxide poisoning.
Any gas appliance can generate carbon monoxide. It is a dangerous gas that may cause a headache, vomiting, dizziness, and nausea. If CO levels are increased in significant amount, a person may become unconscious or die. Don’t use a gas stove as a source of heat. It may increase the possibility of the carbon monoxide poisoning. You should make sure that the stove is vented to the outside as well as the vent is not blocked. For your safety, it is better if you install a carbon monoxide detector in your home where the gas appliances and gas stoves are placed.
The flame beneath a pot on the gas stoves should not extend past the sides of the cookware. You should use the cookware of the right sizes for the burner and the flame should be adjusted so that it cannot flare up around the cookware. Take care of your foods while cooking. Don’t allow the food to boil over if the gas is on, this can put out the flame.
It can enhance the potential risk for a fire or explosion. The boil over foods can also block holes in the gas burner and this result in an uneven cooking or difficulty can occur during lighting the burner. Don’t line the stove burners with foil, this may result in an inhibition of air flow to the burners.
Don’t leave any flammable materials such as dish towels near the stove. On top of the stove burners, only cooking pots should be placed. Don’t set plastic dishes, boxes, or any other items on top of the stove burners. You have to make sure that the burners are completely off after cooking. Don’t leave the cookwares to boil dry on the stove.
If you find that your stove is not lighting, firstly check the holes around the burner whether they are blocked with food or other debris or not. If you find such things, you can clean them with a piece of toothpick or wire. Please be careful that the toothpick should not break off and fall in the hole. In a case of some stoves, the burner cover must be lined up correctly for lighting the stove, so check this properly. If you feel helpless, contact the experts.
If you smell gas, first of all, make sure that all the burners are turned completely off. If they are already turned completely off and you still smell gas, get out of the house and go to another location. Call the gas company as soon as possible.
Even if you don’t smell gas but you are suffering from persistent headaches, nausea, fatigue, dizziness or flu-like symptoms and you feel better outside of your home then you may be suffering from the carbon monoxide poisoning. Get out the house and go to another location. Call the gas company as soon as possible to inspect the stove.
Do’s and Don’t while Using Gas Stove At Home
Now let’s discuss some Do’s and Don’ts that you should remember for your safety.
- Check the pilot light of your gas stoves (older version).
- Clean the burners regularly.
- Keep the handles of the cookware to the side.
- Inspect your smoke alarm.
- Install a carbon monoxide detector.
- Keep a fire extinguisher close.
- Don’t grab handles of pots and pans.
- Don’t put unnecessary items on the stove top.
- Don’t ignore gas odors.
- Don’t overfill your cookware.
- Don’t leave the stove on unattended.
Some Quick Tips for Your Convenience
- Never leave cooking unattended.
- Never get distracted. If you are called away, turn off the gas.
- Never allow a child to cook without adult supervision.
- Keep the flame from extending past the pot side.
- Turn pot handles away from the stove edge.
- Keep stoves and cook tops free of grease and fat build-up.
- Hang tea-towels as well as oven mitts away from the stove.
- Wear tight-fitting sleeves when cooking.
- The exhaust fan above the stove should be clean and should be free of grease and fat build-up.
- You should have a fire blanket as well as the extinguisher that should be really easily accessible in the kitchen.
- Ensure smoke alarms are working.
- Have a tested fire escape plan.
- Never use cooking appliances as heaters.
- When cooking with gas, make sure the flame should not go out. Keep in mind that gas can escape silently and invisibly.
So, remember all the safety tips and if you experience any type of inconvenience, you should contact the gas company immediately.