Natural Gas Cooking Safety


Natural gas is a commonly preferred source of energy for cooking such as on a stovetop. This is because natural gas offers many benefits including quick startup, even temperature, and reliability during outages.

Natural gas can also be a very safe way to cook. Both the U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) do not consider gas ranges a major contributor to negative indoor air quality (IAQ) or a health hazard for consumers.
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APGA encourages all natural gas consumers to take proper precautions when using natural gas.



Several recommendations for cooking with natural gas are below:

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Make sure your gas range, oven or cooktop has been design-certified to the ANSI Z21.1 standard which includes requirements for proper operation and limits on emissions.

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Make sure your gas kitchen appliance is installed in accordance to local installation codes: The International Fuel Gas Code or the National Fuel Gas Code.

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Keep your gas range maintained in good working order and periodically inspected by a qualified contractor.

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Install an exhaust for all electric and natural gas ranges, cooktops and ovens to eliminate the normal byproducts of cooking such as steam, smoke, grease, and heat. 

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Indoor gas grills should have an exhaust system.

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For any cooking equipment, a traditional overhead exhaust fan that runs through a wall or ceiling can be used. Other types feature “downdraft” exhausting, which uses a fan to draw cooking byproducts down from the cooking surface to the outdoors. Downdraft exhausting is appropriate for equipment installed in an island if the homeowner does not want a traditional oven exhaust hood in the center of the room.

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Always try to use the appropriate pot or pan size when cooking.

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Never use your gas cooking appliance for domestic space heating.

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Never cover your oven bottom cavity with aluminum foil.