Posted on May 18, 2017 Topic(s): Cooking
Natural gas appliances are fantastic for so many reasons: gas ranges are the perfect accessory for a chef or chef-in-training and natural gas BBQs eliminate the need for propane bottles. They’re also dependable, efficient, and an economical way of meeting your day-to-day cooking needs. However, it’s really important to make sure that these cooking appliances are being used in a way that keeps you, your family, and your home safe.
We’ve compiled a few tips to help ensure the safety of your loved ones and your home.
1. Make sure your natural gas home appliances are in good working order and ensure they have proper ventilation. If you notice a strong rotten egg-like odour at any time, evacuate the home right away and call the fire department.
2. Paper, curtains, clothing, paints, and cleaning materials can pose a fire hazard, so it’s best to keep these items away from gas ranges, ovens, and BBQs.
3. Gas ovens and stoves should never be used as a space heater. Carbon monoxide can form and accumulate in your home if these appliances are used for anything other than cooking.
4. Do the colour test. If the flame is mostly blue, the burner is operating correctly. Small amounts of different coloured flames are OK, but a full yellow flame can indicate a problem with the appliance.
5. If the burner flame goes out, turn the knob off and wait for the gas to disperse before relighting.
6. You can prevent fire hazards by keeping gas appliances clean and maintained. In the unlikely event of a fire occurring, it’s always a good idea to keep a fire extinguisher nearby.
7. During renovations or remodelling, it’s important to have a trained professional properly install your home appliances. In most cases, these professionals can even recommend some of the best brands in gas ranges, stoves and BBQs for your home.
8. When installing a gas BBQ on your deck or in your outdoor kitchen, make sure the area you choose is well ventilated and at least 10 feet away from the side of your home. This will reduce the chance of a fire occurring on your BBQ and spreading to your home.
Before cleaning your range, always make sure the burners, plates, and caps are completely cooled to reduce to risk of an injury. If you’re cleaning out the oven or BBQ, the same practices will apply.
Once you’ve made sure everything is cool to the touch, check out our previous post for a step-by-step guide: Post-Christmas Cleaning Tips for Gas Ranges.
Are you in the market for a new natural gas appliance or need your current one repaired? Come and see the Vernon appliances experts at Genier’s today. We offer a large selection of gas appliances, and we’ve also got a team of qualified repair specialists that can tackle any appliance issues you may have.