The New Equipment Hazard. ⋆

Equipment makers have a protracted historical past of disregarding security issues as a way to give prospects what they need.

It often takes a decade of calamities earlier than constructing code is modified to power equipment makers to deal with the protection points that they already learn about however merely want to disregard. Flush mounted ovens are the brand new hazard that’s being ignored.

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For instance, skilled cooktops and ranges had been offered to householders for residential use with excessive powered hoods for about ten years earlier than constructing code was modified to require a alternative air system for all hoods over 400 CFM’s. Up till the constructing code was modified in 2011, untold 1000’s of house owners and their households had been uncovered to carbon monoxide pulled again into their properties from their chimney exhaust by the highly effective blower’s equipment makers knowingly offered to residential prospects. See #7 on this weblog.


One other hazard that continues to today and causes the demise of a few kids every year is ranges put in with out an anti-tipping lock. Young children open vary doorways and stand on the door tipping the equipment on prime of them. Though securing all ranges is code it’s usually ignored even in equipment showrooms.

The most recent hazard that’s rising in reputation and inspired by equipment sellers is putting in ovens flush mounted with the oven doorways even with the face of cabinetry.

This provides a customized and seamless look significantly with inset cabinetry. Nonetheless, it has not been decided precisely how harmful that is. Most cupboard makers void their warranties when ovens are put in this fashion. And equipment producers make no declare as to security when their ovens are put in with the door of the oven flush with the face of a cupboard. When put in flush inset, the seal between the door and the oven field is behind the face body of the picket cupboard. Nonetheless, equipment facilities regularly showcase this look encouraging prospects to ask for his or her ovens to be put in on this method.

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Harmful flush mounted ovens in full overlay cabinetry
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Most harmful of all. Flush mounted ovens in beaded inset cabinetry. Oven seal is behind cupboard face body.

It doesn’t take a lot creativeness to foresee the chance of a fireplace on a flush mounted oven. Take into consideration what would occur if the seal on the oven door failed when the oven is on.

Significantly when the oven temperature is excessive when broiling or set to the self-cleaning cycle of 750 levels Fahrenheit. Ovens are designed to mount with the rim across the oven protecting the cupboard entrance. This seals the oven field from the inside of the cupboard such as proven within the picture under.

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Secure oven set up with oven seal outdoors of cupboard.

Cupboard doorways and drawer fronts are really useful being over an inch away from the oven for security. So how can equipment sellers present home equipment with the oven seal pressed towards the aspect of the cupboard and the oven field truly behind the face of the framed picket cupboard? The reply is that except somebody makes a legislation and adjustments constructing code equipment sellers and producers not often handle security!

Exhibiting this flush mount set up of ovens is irresponsible. Equipment makers absolutely know this however as soon as once more they’ve put income above security.

Hoping your equipment salesperson, kitchen designer and installer shield you from this significantly dangerous concept.

Throughout these tough instances we want you a secure and heartfelt . . .

Bon Appetit!

Paul, Julie, Chris, Ed, Lauren, Jeremy, Juliet, Camilla, and Mark

Important Line Kitchen Design

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