Why Stovetop Controls Are In The Back
Electric Stove Top Features and Safety Concerns – There is one safety feature that I believe it helps with and that is keeping the knobs out of the reach of children who would normally be able to turn on the burners which could lead to a number of hazards.
One Electrical Safety Feature Leads to Another
Electrical Question: Why do US electric ranges almost always have their control knobs at the back where you have to reach over steaming hot pans to change the heat settings?
- I know there are some – expensive – models that have front controls like gas ranges, also some – expensive – drop-in models that have side controls.
- What I can’t understand is why every electric range I ever had in Britain, whether expensive or basic, always had front controls.
- And they all also had a separate broiler so you could bake in the oven and broil under the broiler at the same time.
All I get told is it’s a wiring issue.
This electrical question came from: Lynda, a Homeowner from Butler PA
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Additional Comments: So far – giving me an education!
Thanks for your electrical question Lynda.
Electric Stove Top Features and Safety Concerns
- Lynda, your absolutely right – it is a little awkward isn’t it, And I do not believe that it is a wiring issue.
- However there is one safety feature that I believe it helps with and that is keeping the knobs out of the reach of children who would normally be able to turn on the burners which could lead to a number of hazards.
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