Many of us use our stoves and ovens practically every day. The frequency with which we use the oven or stove can give us a pretty cavalier attitude about the appliance. While having confidence in your stove and your ability use it are okay you should also be aware of the safety risks posed by it. To improve that awareness we suggest an oven safety check before each use.
If you do each of these things every time you use your oven you will be safer and, more importantly, more aware:
- Check for Gas: If you have a gas stove the risk of leaks is an important consideration. Be sure to be incredibly aware of any odors that might be gas. If you find a leak call for oven repair immediately.
- Make Sure Nothing Is In the Oven: Ovens should never be used for storage. Just in case, check inside the oven before you start preheating.
- Check for Debris On the Stove Top: As the oven heats up food particles and grease on the stove can heat up and cause small fires or hazards that may burn you.
- Position the Oven Rack: Getting the oven rack in the right position will help avoid burns later in the cooking process.