Safety First: Cooking with Natural Gas

Posted by: Anna | 07/02/2013 at 09:00 AM

Safety First: Cooking with Natural Gas

Cooking with natural gas is preferred by professional chefs, and for good reason – gas stoves provide evenly distributed heat, precision temperature control and heat up more quickly than their electric counterparts. Even so, keep in mind the following considerations when cooking with gas to ensure your safety in the kitchen.

  • Be Aware of Open Flames – Be sure to keep loose clothing, dish towels and any other flammable items away from burners and the hot stove.
  • Pay Attention – When cooking on a gas stove, pay attention to what you’re cooking at all times.
  • Pilot Lights – Although most new gas stoves are lit through ignition, if you have a pilot light system, routinely check that it is still ignited. If your pilot light goes out, leaking gas could cause an explosion.
  • Keep it Clean – To guarantee proper air flow, and to avoid accidental fires, keep your stove (and the area around it) clean.
  • Inspections – Keep records of maintenance on your gas stove and, if there’s any sign of malfunction, have it inspected by a professional technician.
  • Fire Extinguisher – Because accidents happen, make sure there’s a fire extinguisher on hand in or near your kitchen.

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