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Childproofing a Stove
We are buying a house which will have a gas stove (we currently have
electric). With our electric range the controls for the burners are along the wall
in the back and haven't been a concern. However, gas ranges have the burner
controls right at the front. What is the best way to childproof that so the child
can't turn on the burners? Thanks!
Most gas stoves require you to ''push-&-turn'' the knob,
which is too complex for most young kids to figure out.
For extra assurance, you can usually just pull off the
knob handles (it's virtually impossible to turn the stove
on without them), and just put one on when you want to use
We have a gas stove with knobs at the front, too. We just
removed the knobs, leaving the metal rods sticking out a
little in front. We just turn those rods to use the range--
it does take a little strength, but that's how it works as
a deterrent for the kids--they're not strong enough to turn
My nine month old is now very mobile and we have stepped up the pace of our
child proofing. In the course of checking our house for possible dangers, I
discovered that when my oven (one of those stove/oven units that is free
standing) is used the outside gets extremely hot. The unit is one that came
with the house so I am not sure if one or all of the following is a reason
that this happens:
1) because it is old........ we have no way of knowing how old it is for
sure, but since no one sells the right size aluminum drip plates (to go
under the burners) I assume it is pretty out dated.
2)because it is/was the cheapest model on the market....... the previous
owners seem to have been very "frugal"
3)because it is a gas appliance.... maybe an electric one wouldn't get so
hot (I am grasping at straws.)
3)because all stove/oven units do get hot and there is nothing to be done
I am very worried that my son will be burned by touching/leaning on the
stove. I am wondering if anyone out there can tell me if a new stove/oven
would have better insulation so that this is not a concern. (I have a funny
feeling that a salesperson would look at me like I am a nut if I asked, and
then just yes me along.) Also, if anyone else has had a similar appliance
and what they did to fix the problem that does not involve remodeling the
I'm very interested to hear what ideas people have for childproofing a stove.
I've been successful in teaching my son to just keep his distance, but my oven
door has an unfortunate tendency to drop open, becoming a hot, heavy metal
hazard as it swings (it's a semi-antique stove, that works great but for this
flaw). I've tried a couple of things that were not very successful - e.g. the
bungee cord slowly relaxed due to the heating, and then suddenly shot off. One
thing that was a total failure was the little plastic latch I got from a
(Safety First, I think) - it is specifically designed to keep kids from opening
the oven door, and it ripped right off with very little effort - I'd stay away
from this little waste of money.
I saw your concerns about childproofing your oven. Mine is also old
(and still good I might add) and gets hot on the outside when on. Ours
has a window so you can see inside it. Here is what I did to teach my
18month old daughter. When we turn the oven on, we also turn on the
light inside and we have taught her that when that is on it is HOT and
not to touch. So far so good....
Our electric oven gets very hot on the outside when in use. I don't bake
too often, but when I do, I just put a couple of kitchen chairs in front of
it as a physical barricade. Also, even though she has never actually been
burned, my two year-old daughter has deep respect for things that are "hot."
So she never seeks out the oven when I tell her it's on and very hot. I
would advise you to impress on your child that it is hot and very dangerous.
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