Gas Range Safety


If you love to cook then you know using a gas stove is great! Turning on a gas stove gets you an instant, constant flame that you can adjust visually – no wondering if the stove is on or off, hot or cold, or if it’s on the right setting.

The flames produced by a natural gas stove also cook food more quickly and evenly, because the flames spread themselves along the bottom and sides of the pan. For homeowners who really enjoy cooking, these are big pluses.

An often overlooked advantage to using a gas stove is the cost of operating it. If your home is already using natural gas – which off sets set up costs – your operating and energy costs will be lower with a gas stove than with electric.

Just remember that gas ranges by design are un-vented appliances unless you provide one.  They should never be used as a heat source and should not be operated with the door open.  We recommend that when using the oven over an extended amount of time, say around the holidays, that a nearby window be opened for fresh air, especially if the stove top vent hood does not vent to the exterior of the home.  If the oven is converted to LP gas, make sure the work is done by a qualified technician.


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