Cooking with gas is very economical. It’s also safe – as long as you pay attention to certain safety measures.

Following are some tips on how to cook safely with gas:

Before you cook:

  • If you smell gas when you walk into the kitchen, do not try to light the burner. If there has been a gas leak, this could cause an explosion.
  • If you smell gas, close the burner or gas bottle all the way. Then open up the windows for a while. (It might be better to go out for supper while the kitchen and house ventilates, if you suspect a significant gas leak.)
  • Check that the burner or gas bottle has been fully closed off anyway – even if you don’t smell gas.

While your are cooking:

  • Don’t leave the gas stove unattended. Not even for a second.
  • Adjust the flame so that it does not run up the side of the pot, pan or kettle.

Once you have finished cooking:

  • Ensure that the burner or gas bottle is closed all the way.
  • If you have small children, ensure that they cannot turn the gas on at the bottle, or access the burner.
  • Clean the burners, ensuring that there are no bits of food stuck in it. These could catch fire next time. (It’s also a good idea to check for bits of food and grease before you start cooking, if you weren’t the last person to sue the gas stove.

General gas appliance usage safety tips:

  • Have your gas appliances and fixtures inspected on a regular basis.
  • Check you gas bottles for damage and make sure that they are properly secured.
  • Replace corroded or rusted gas hobs to prevent gas leaks.
  • Invest in a gas detector for your kitchen. It will alert you to a gas leak before you smell it.

Whitelaw are specialists in all things gas, please contact us for any assistance you may need when it comes to COOKING WITH GAS.