What is an anti-tip device?? And should you have one?

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Posted by: Chrissy Doremus, U.S. Inspect Blog

Stove Knob Covers

Tip of the Week: Install Knob Covers and Anti-tipping bracket on Stove. Install safety covers on knobs for ranges with controls at the front. They are accessible to small children and a hazard.

Stoves themselves can also be a tipping hazard. Did you know that all stoves have an anti-tipping device that should be installed? What is an anti-tipping device, you ask? Well, it's just what it sounds like. The device, when installed properly, keeps the range from tipping forward and spilling hot items if, for example, a toddler were to sit on the open oven door. There have even been cases of the stove itself crushing an individual, so it's not even just a matter of burns. In fact just last month I read another story about a child who was recently killed by a tipping stove: Child’s death from tipping stove leads to lawsuit. Check your oven today (and your oven drawer for the device if it's not installed). If you have a device that is not installed, install it. If you don't have one, request it from the manufacturer.

It is also important to not leave anything on the cook top that is flammable. Sounds obvious, I know, but I speak from experience. Books and other items are often left on the cook top when kid’s book bags are looked through after school. One time a book was left on the cook top and my wife put a pot on the stove. She accidentally turned on the wrong element and burned poor Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. No major fire, but Harry was no match for the stove! And that is pretty much ALWAYS the case. Fire is powerful and we need to respect what it can do.

For more on anti-tipping devices, check out: What's Wrong with This Picture: Anti-Tipping Device and watch the video below.


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Henry Pailles
Chula Vista Realtor,Short sale,Eastlake Real estate,Realtor - Chula Vista, CA
San Diego Real Estate, San Diego Realtor, Chula Vista Real Estate

great blog

Oct 04, 2010 08:12 AM #1
Don MacLean
Simolari & MacLean REMAX EXECUTIVE REALTY - Franklin, MA
Realtor - Homes For Sale - Franklin MA

Always great to see blogs about safety.

So may people do not even think about things until its to llate.

Pro active is always best

Enjoy the day

Oct 04, 2010 08:25 AM #2
Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Chrissy, those look mighty "HANDS OFF". Glad my kids have overgrown that phase and hope my husband never gets senile. lol 

Oct 04, 2010 09:46 AM #3
Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

I remember buying a range in the late 80's that had an anti tipping device.  I wondered on a recent home inspection if that was still the case.  

Oct 14, 2010 03:06 AM #4
Chrissy Doremus ~ US Inspect ~
US Inspect - Chantilly, VA
Residential Property Inspections

Yup, they still make them and manufacturers are now required to make the ovens with that part, and installers are required to install according to manufacturers instructions (which include the device) so I don't think it's quite a law, but that's how many people are working to try to make sure every oven has one and every home has it properly installed.

Oct 14, 2010 11:48 AM #5
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