Electric stovetops can present you with a risk of injuries by burning, scalding, fire or electrocution. Here are a few safety tips to prevent kitchen accidents while using an electric cooker.
Safety tips for electric stovetops
To minimise the risk of injury by electrocution or electrical fires, have electric cookers installed by professionals. When cooking on electric stoves, always:
- Turn pot handles so they do not stick out over the edge of electric stovetops so children cannot grab them and pull scalding hot food onto themselves
- Keep a fire extinguisher close to the cooker. Grease fires are best put out using an extinguisher, as throwing water at them will simply spread them.
- Use potholders and/or oven mitts to handle hot pots and pans.
- Avoid wearing loose, flowing clothing or leaving dishcloths/tea towels near hot electric stovetops, as they can catch fire.
- Reach across stovetops with care even after turning them off, as the burners, or rings can remain hot for some time.
- Place food into hot grease, butter or oil with utmost care, keeping your distance as much as possible, as hot fats can splatter onto your skin and cause injury by burning.
- Clean the stovetop and oven regularly, as bits of food or grease can catch fire when using the cooker again.
You should also never:
- Leave stovetops unattended while cooking.
- Allow children to cook without adult supervision.
- Use metal implements to stir food and leave them in the pot. They can heat up quickly and cause potentially serious burn injuries to your hand when you touch them again.
- Leave pots and pans on stovetops after cooking. As the rings remain hot for a while, left-over food in pots could overheat and catch fire.
When using an oven:
- Adjust the height of racks before heating the oven.
- Open the door slowly, standing back to allow heat and hot steam to escape without hitting you in the face.
- Always use oven mitts or secure potholders to handle hot pans and dishes.
- Take care not to touch the top or sides of the oven while reaching into it.
While these tips will help to minimise the risk of scalding and burning accidents, there is little you can do if your new electric stovetop is defective or installed incorrectly.
Accident Advice Helpline
If you were injured by a defective or incorrectly installed electric stovetop, you could qualify for personal injury compensation. Call our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993 for expert faulty product compensation advice.
Date Published: May 9, 2017
Author: Accident Advice