FOR FOOD WORKERS
ELECTRIC & GAS RANGES
Surface heating of food in pots and pans.
Equipment Safety Precautions
Always use care with any electrical or gas equipment. All ranges are hot.
- Use potholders when you handle pots and pans.
- Turn pot handles inward to prevent them from being knocked off the range top.
- DO NOT use the hot top or flat top range as a griddle; this creates a fire hazard.
FOR GAS RANGES
- When you see large, yellow, flickering flames, these may be signs of malfunction. TELL YOUR SUPERVISOR IMMEDIATELY.
- Never set a flame larger than the bottom of the pot or pan; flames that are too large are a fire hazard and a waste of energy.
- Always follow lockout/tagout procedures for your facility.
Safe Operating Directions
- Choose the proper pot or pan (one with a flat bottom and straight sides).
- Place the food you will cook in the pan.
- Turn the range on.
FOR A HOT TOP OF AN ELECTRIC RANGE
- Set the temperature knob to the desired heat.
- Wait for range to get to the correct temperature before placing the pot or pan on the surface.
FOR A GAS RANGE
- Turn the burner knob to the HIGH position until the flame appears.
- Slowly turn the knob back to a lower position to set the flame to the level you wish.
- Place the pot or pan on the burner, and carefully tend to the food until it is cooked.
- When finished, immediately turn off the range and remove the pan.
Safe Cleaning Directions
FOR ELECTRIC RANGES
- Unplug the range. Turn the circuit breaker* OFF.
- Make sure all hot tops are OFF.
- Wet down the hot top and gently scrub off any food.
- Clean with an abrasive* detergent and hot water.
- If food sticks, allow the surface to soak in the detergent solution.
- Rinse all surfaces and wipe dry.
FOR GAS RANGES
- Make sure all burners are OFF.
- Allow to cool.
- Remove grids and trays from beneath the burner.
- Scrub the grids and trays with a fiber and wire brush. Allow to soak if needed.
- Rinse in hot water and wipe dry with a towel.
- Brush burners with a wire brush.
- Make sure that there are no clogged holes in the ignite units**. If there are, clean them with a wire.
- To remove grease, soak burners in grease solvent and hot water.
- Put the grids and trays back together.
- Empty the grease pan (the slide-out tray underneath the burner).
FOR ALL OTHER SURFACES
- Clean with nonabrasive* detergent and water.
- Wipe down with a clean, dry cloth.
- DO NOT use steel wool or a metal sponge to clean the exterior of the range.
- Circuit Breaker - A circuit breaker automatically stops the flow of electricity when the electric circuit gets overloaded. You can also switch off a circuit breaker by hand at any time.
- Abrasive - An abrasive detergent uses finely ground minerals to loosen soil from a surface.
- Nonabrasive - A nonabrasive detergent is a mild detergent that will not scratch the surface that you are cleaning. It is usually used for soil that has not hardened on.