Every so often, we hear cases of houses being razed to the ground due to fires that started as a result of cooking gas leakages or electric fault due to a user forgetting to turn off an electric cooktop. Such cases are extremely rare for households that have embraced portable induction cooktop.
Portable induction cooktops are the most popular types and come with a myriad of safety features that enables it to be safe for use, even for families that have playful children around. In order to make good use of the safety futures, it is important to be aware of their existence and to truly appreciate the extent to which portable induction cooktops havegone to enhance safety.
Although the safety features I have listed below may not be universally found in all portable induction cooktops, a number of them are enabled in most and these are almost always enough to mitigate against accidents.
Most kitchen fires are started by grease or oil fires. Fire started by over-heating oil left to heat for too long are usually water resistant and very hard to put off if appropriate appliances are not available. With precision power settings associated with induction cookers, turning down heat levels results in instant temperature changes, leading to immediate cooling of the cooking vessel thus preventing such fires.
The heat temperature preset function allows for heat to be pre-set at a specific temperature when the pot is being heated. This temperature can also be adjusted more rapidly than a traditional stove. Thus, oil being heated in a pot cannot get hotter than desired. In this way, fires from overheated oil can be prevented.
When cooking, it’s very easy to accidentally get into contact with a burner, which can cause burns. This risk is great for the young kids, who will reach up on stove without seeing any heat source. Since induction cooker elements will not get hot, the accidental contact during the cooking won’t cause any injury.
With induction cooking, plastic utensils that are in close proximity to the portable induction cooktop will not melt. Only the induction burner area gets hot while the rest of the cooktop surface is cool to the touch. This allows for use of decorative plastic utensils which would not have been otherwise possible with regular gas or electric stoves.
The energy efficiencies of the c also translate to a plus for hygiene and energy as it eliminates omission of odorless carbon monoxide which usually cause respiratory problems when inhaled. This was an especially big problem with the conventional thermal flame cooktops with many users, especially those exposed in the long term complaining of chest pains and complications.
With so many good things to make the portable induction cooktop an invaluable application to the kitchen, it can be hard to remember that there are safety precautions to have. And, one of best safety hazards from the induction cookers is to get burned from pots. As burners do not get hot, this is simple to forget that pots themselves are very hot & touch them and grab them without any hand protection.
The absence of a visible flame or smell of burning gasses can lead to one forgetting to turn off the burner. This is okay if there is no cooking vessel on the burner due to the auto power on/off feature but can be dangerous if a pan or pot is placed on the burner and no temperature limit set. This is extremely dangerous where the user is in the habit of placing used dirty cookware back to the burner with the intention of emptying later.
Another often overlooked hazard is the issue of power and wattage. It’s of importance to note that most portable induction cooktop use a lower electricity voltage of 110 volts. Plugging in to electricity lines containing more than these add to the chances of destruction to the appliance, mores if not installed with inbuilt automatic surge regulators.
After all is said and done, accidents are bound to happen and no amount of foresight can be enough to prevent them. It is thus necessary to always be alert while going about the kitchen, especially in the presence of young children.