I feel that I need to share an important safety reminder with the citizens around Christmas time, when we spend more time in the kitchen and cooking indoors.
For those who own a natural gas range, I strongly encourage you to test the safety features.
Turn your flame low, blow the flame off then wait to see what happens. Most of the gas stoves sold in Canada and in the U.S. today are not equipped with safety shut-off valves.
This means that if your stove is unattended and a small draft or the boiling water should blow your flame off, you’ve got a problem.
If you have small children and they twist the gas knob by accident and no one finds out soon enough, tragedies may happen. It was certainly shocking for me to learn that we are the few industrialized countries on the surface of the Earth who allow this to happen.
Call the appliance manufacturer/dealer and ask them specific questions about the safety features if you are concerned.
It may take a few tragedies until something will be done about this.