Many people don’t think of stove brackets when it comes to appliance safety. Stove brackets are simply L-shaped metal pieces that are installed behind a range to prevent tipping. These brackets have been required to be included with any stove sold since 1991.
Tipping accidents can be a serious issue. Just by placing a heavy pan, such as one containing a turkey, on the open oven door can tip a range. This can bring anything cooked on the stove top down on a person and result in a scalding accident. Another danger is a damaged gas line for ovens that use natural gas or propane. One of these leaks can become a serious issue in any home.
You can easily avoid these problems by having an inspector look at your appliances periodically and check for an oven’s “L” brackets. To function properly, these brackets should allow the range to slide slightly away from the wall for cleaning or inspecting behind the stove. It will only take an inspector a few seconds to check for this important safety feature and make your kitchen safer for your family.
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