When first introduced to Britain in 1929, Aga cookers were a kitchen revolution. Designed by the Swedish Nobel laureate Gustaf Dalén, Agas work on the principle that the cast iron stove stores heat from a continuously burning source and the accumulated heat aids in the cooking process, creating a slow-cooker. Since then, Aga cookers have become almost a status symbol, favoured by the upper and middle classes. But despite being a popular innovation, is an Aga safe to have?
Too hot to touch
In essence, an Aga is a large space heater. This is part of the reason why they are enjoyed in large country homes that may not have access to modern heating systems and the Aga doubles as a secondary heating system. However, the cast iron components may become hot to the touch, which could result in burns.
Originally Agas were coal-burning stoves but in modern times this has evolved to include natural gas versions and even an electric version. Natural gas is safe when installed properly and regularly maintained. Ensure you use a Gas Safe registered engineer to carry out any maintenance works, as a gas leak could lead to suffocation or even an explosion.
With these dangers borne in mind, Agas are still a relatively safe appliance. There are dangers with any product that uses heat and/or electricity and some hazards are unavoidable. Agas are engineered to rigorous standards and must pass thorough quality tests to ensure they are fit for use. Ensure you that do not allow children to play unsupervised in the vicinity of an Aga stove and have your Aga serviced on a regular basis to avoid accidents.
If you’ve been injured as the result of using an Aga and you weren’t at fault, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation. Accident Advice Helpline has over 15 years’ experience in all areas of personal injury compensation including defective product claims. By contacting us on 0800 689 0500, you can speak in confidence with one of our highly-trained and professional advisors. All claims are made on a 100% no-win-no-fee* basis and you won’t be under any obligation to proceed with any claims that are discussed over the phone.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown