Generally, electric cooking plates are safer than their gas counterparts. Still, you must exercise caution when using them in or out of your kitchen. The problem with electric cooking plates is that you won’t really know how much heat is being produced because there are no flames, only bright coils. If you are not careful, the dish you’re cooking can get burned or even catch fire if the heat is too high. You can also burn yourself if you are not aware that the cooking plates are on. To avoid such accidents, follow these safety tips.
- Do not place the electric cooking plates near flammable materials or leave tablecloths near it.
- Ensure that the pot, pan, or any cookware are properly placed on top of the plates so that they don’t get knocked over easily.
- Don’t touch the hot plate immediately after turning it off. Electric heating elements take a while to cool down. Even though it looks like it has cooled down, it may still be hot to touch.
- Do not leave the food you have finished cooking on the hot plate after turning it off. If you want to stop cooking, then remove the food from the stove.
- Make sure to turn off the electrical cooking plates after use.
- Understand the unit’s temperature settings. Keep in mind that the settings are different across models. Some stoves have heat indicators like simmer, low, medium, and high. Others would have an adjustable know instead.
- Keep a fire extinguisher nearby. This will let you put off the fire in as quickly as possible.
Electric cooking plates are convenient and simple to use, but like any type of stove, they can be risky. By exercising proper use and treating them with care, you can avoid accidents and injuries. Cook carefully and follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer.