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  1. Another safety issue we often encounter is low clearance over the range for reaching the controls at the back of the appliance. It is important to have the range hood fan or microwave oven installed no lower than 18-inches from the top of the cooktop (a building code requirement) so that you do not have to bend over the cooking area to adjust the burners. Also, make sure that range legs are adjusted so that it is both stable and level.

  2. The range safety clip is another important safety device and is required to be installed on any free standing range. One is included with every range sold in the United States. Some are chains that attach to the wall to keep the stove from tipping forward, but the most common type is a clip that screws to the base of the wall and has a slot for a back leg of the appliance to slide into horizontally. The elderly are often injured while reaching up and placing their body weight into the stove while attempting to help themselves up after cleaning a mess on the floor. Children sitting or standing on the open oven door can be severely injured, especially if there is hot food cooking.

  3. Many kitchens have 48-inch high upper cabinets, and reaching stored objects can require a standing on a step stool. Invest in a sturdy folding stool with non-slip treads and always follow the manufacturers use instructions.

  4. Avoid throw rugs in the kitchen. Non-slip grease resistant mats are a safer bet and many offer a low stress surface to stand on for long periods. Pet water and food bowls placed on mats keep the floor slip free.


While we hope you find this series of articles about home inspection helpful, they should not be considered an alternative to an actual home inspection by a local inspector. Also, construction standards vary in different parts of the country and it is possible that important issues related to your area may not be covered here.
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