Cooking With Toddlers Underfoot? Prevent Disaster with These Five Range Safety Tips

The weather has turned cold here in Toledo, Ohio, and winter is definitely on its way! For many avid home cooks, that means its time to break out the soup pot to create warm, comforting soups, thick stews, and hearty chilies. While thoughts of simmering pots of deliciousness contribute to the ambiance of any home, we want our clients to be able to create these steaming bowls of comfort in a safe manner.

According to the National Burn Foundation, each year in the United States, approximately 250,000 children suffer from burns that are serious enough to need professional medical attention. Of those 250,000 cases, 100,000 of them are a result of contact with scalding liquid, such as when a child pulls a hot pot off of a stove. In 5,800 cases, a child is burned from direct contact with a range‘s heating element.

If you are cooking with kids underfoot, whether your own children, your grandchildren, or someone else’s, following these five safety tips can prevent serious burns from occurring.

    • Always cook on the back two burners. Unless you are cooking a full Thanksgiving feast, most meals do not require the use of all four burners simultaneously. Cooking on the back two burners will keep significant distance between the heating element or gas flame and curious little fingers.
    • Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove where small hands can not grab them. You may wish to also have a stove guard installed.
    • If your burner knobs are on the front of your stove where young children can reach them, consider having knob covers installed. This is especially important if your range is gas-powered.
    • Consider switching from a natural gas stove to an electric range. While many cooks appreciate the quick response and even temperatures that natural gas applications afford, those little blue flames are quite an enticement for toddlers, as is also the click that they hear when you light your burner. Retro-fitting a kitchen for an electric range, even if only for a few years while children are small, may be money well spent if it prevents a disastrous kitchen fire or personal burn from occurring.
    • Of course, NEVER leave children unattended in a kitchen while the range is in operation.

Dave Smith Appliance Repair services all makes and models of ranges, both gas and electric. Contact us to learn more about what our company can do for you!