This is one of my Top Ten most reported home inspection conditions.
Improperly installed free-standing, slide-in and built-in kitchen ranges can tilt forward when too much pressure is applied to an open oven door. The result from tipping the oven may be injuries (see video below), scalds and/or burns from hot food and liquids.
Follow These Tips
- Make sure the proper anti-tip device is installed correctly.
- If you are remodeling your kitchen, buying a new range or building a new home, make sure the installer uses the anti-tip device provided by the manufacturer. Contact your range manufacturer (See Below)
- Always keep the range door closed when not in use!
- Never use the door as a step stool, seat or as a support for body weight or other objects.
I urge you to please be safety conscious when using a range and other appliances. Use them only for the tasks they are designed to do.
Where’s the device located?
Pull the oven’s lower drawer completely out and with a flash light visually check under range. Its most like going to be affixed to the rear leg of the range …or gently pull the back of the range to see if it pulls off the floor.
For your safety, you should not tilt the range more than 2 inches off the floor.
Where can I purchase an anti-tip device? First, locate and record the range’s model and serial tag. The specific location will vary by model, but is often found on the inside of the oven door or on the frame behind the lower oven drawer. Have the model and serial number available when calling the manufacturer. Most big box stores (Lowe’s and Home Depot or your local hardware store) carry them.
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Five Star: 800-251-7224
GE Profile: 800-626-8774
Gold Chef: 800-251-7224
Ikea by Whirlpool: 800-253-1301
Magic Chef: 800-253-1301
Town & Country: 800-251-7224
I believe she wishes she had downloaded and read the range tipping brochure, click here.
#1 from my Top 10 Most Reported Conditions in home safety is the Range Anti-Tip Device. Here’s a “Why-Video” http://t.co/IQiJXJFxKS
— Gary Smith (@MSHomeInspector) August 19, 2013