Tips to Avoid Accidents With Your Oven
– Step 1: Rules for handling the oven
– Step 2: Correct use of the oven to avoid danger
Since the heat generated by ovens is a potential risk of accidents, it is strongly recommended to follow some safety tips.
What are the risks, and how to avoid them? We take a look at the situation.
1. Oven handling rules
Hot, in front! Ovens, but especially mini ovens and rotisseries: these cooking appliances are as many burns risks for you and your children. Indeed, thermal safety is often their weak point, and it is thus necessary to inquire about this point before the purchase or to be very vigilant with the use.
To limit the risk of accidents, here is a list of recommendations for the safe use of the oven:
– The handle and buttons of the oven can be handled without risk most of the time, both in operation and when the oven is not in use.
– In operation, however, the glass and the other 3 fronts can exceed 200 °C.
◦ There is a significant risk of burning, especially if it is a mini-oven placed on the worktop.
◦ In the case of a built-in oven, on the contrary, the risk is less significant since only the glass is accessible. For example, even during automatic cleaning, the glass of built-in ovens rarely exceeds 70 °C against 150 °C for some mini ovens.
◦ However, I prefer double glass ovens to reduce any risk of burning.
– When operating, always open the oven door carefully, as heat escapes from it, especially if you have a steam oven.
2. Correct use of the oven to avoid danger
The best way to avoid danger is to use your oven correctly. For example, if you have a self-cleaning pyrolysis oven, follow all the instructions:
– remove heavy soiling before pyrolysis: it could ignite;
– wipe the glass with a sponge to protect it from shattering;
– remove all accessories before starting the cleaning process.
Be careful not to damage your oven with improper use, as this can increase the likelihood of an accident. Also:
– Never turn on your oven at night or while you are not at home.
– Do not place your dishcloth or glove on the handle while the oven is on: the cloth could catch fire.
– Do not put anything on the bottom of the oven, which is called the “hearth” in the jargon: it could damage the enamel and the operation of your oven.
– Be careful not to close the oven door until the rack is firmly seated on the bottom. Otherwise, the rack will hit the glass, creating micro-shocks and increasing the risk of glass explosion.
– Use suitable dishes when using the microwave: unsuitable materials can damage the appliance.
Want to know more about how to avoid accidents?
Burns is not the only danger one faces at home. To find out what risks your child is running and, more importantly, what to do about them, check out our next post on 13 Tips for Avoiding Accidents in the Home.