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Safety Practices & Precautions

 

 

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When properly cared for, your new Fisher & Paykel Appliance has been de signed to be a safe, reliable cooking appliance. When using this restaurant caliber appliance, use it with extreme care, as this type appliance provides intense heat and can increase the accident potential. Basic safety precautions must be followed when using kitchen appliances, including the following:

  • Read the user guide thoroughly before using your new appliance. This will help to reduce the risk of fire, electric shock, or injury to persons.
  • Begin by insuring proper installation and servicing. Follow these installation instructions. Be sure to have a qualified technician install and ground this appliance before using.
  • Have the installer show you where the gas supply shut-off valve is located so you will know how and where to turn off the gas to the appliance.
  • If you smell gas, the installer has not done a proper job of checking for leaks. Turn the gas to the appliance off and follow the instructions on the inside front cover of this manual. Do not attempt to find the leak yourself.  This must be done by a qualified service technician.
  • If by some chance a burner goes out and does not re-ignite and gas escapes, turn the gas to the appliance off and open a window or a door to let the room air out. Do not attempt to use the appliance until the gas has had time to dissipate.
  • This appliance has been factory assembled for Natural Gas or Liquid Propane as indicated by model number.
  • Do not repair or replace any part of this appliance unless it is specifically recommended in this manual.  All other servicing should be referred to a qualified service technician.

 

The flame sizes at the lowest (SIM) and highest (HI) settings (ie the minimum and maximum rate of gas flow through the valve) were adjusted at the factory for optimum performance. You should not attempt to disassemble the burner and modify these original gas flow settings. Doing so is extremely dangerous and will void the warranty.
If any modification to the factory settings is required, this should only be done by a qualified technician.

Do not leave children alone
Children should not be left alone or unattended in an area where appliances are in use.  They should never be allowed to turn knobs, push buttons, sit or stand on any part of an appliance.

Do not store items of interest to children on, above, or at the back of any appliance.  Children could be seriously injured if they should climb onto or reach across the appliance to reach these items.

  • Never store anything on the cooktop. Flammable materials can accidently catch fire, plastic items may melt or ignite and other types of items could be ruined.
  • Do not hang articles from any part of the appliance. Some fabrics are quite flammable and may catch on fire.
  • If the appliance is near a window be certain the curtains do not blow over or near the cooktop burners; they could catch on fire.
  • Never let clothing, pot holders, or other flammable materials come in contact with, or too close to any burner or burner grate until it has cooled. Fabric may ignite and result in personal injury.
  • Be careful when reaching for items stored in cabinets above the appliance.
  • Be certain to use only dry pot holders; moist or damp pot holders on hot surfaces may cause burn injury from steam. Do not use a towel or other bulky cloth in place of pot holders. Do not let pot holders touch hot burners, or burner grates.
  • For personal safety, wear proper apparel. Loose fitting garments or hanging sleeves should never be worn while using this appliance. Some synthetic fabrics are highly flammable and should not be worn while cooking.
  • Do not use aluminum foil to line any part of the cooktop. Using a foil liner could result in a fire hazard.
This appliance is for cooking. Based on safety considerations, never use the cooktop to warm or heat a room.
Do not touch burners or areas near burners. Burners may be hot even though they are dark in color. Burners and areas near burners may become hot enough to cause burns. To avoid risk of burns and/or fire, keep loose clothing, potholders or any other flammable materials well clear of the burner flame. Do not touch or let clothing, potholders or other flammable materials contact burners or areas near burners until they have had sufficient time to cool.  Among these areas are the burners and grates.
  • Never leave the cooktop unattended when using high flame settings. A possible boil over could cause smoking or greasy spill overs may ignite. More importantly, if the burner flames are smothered by a severe boil over which affects the igniter, the unburned gas will escape into the room, which would be extremely dangerous. 
  • Only certain types of glass, heat-proof glass-ceramic, ceramic, earthen ware, or other glazed utensils are suitable for use on the open flame of the cooktop. Utensils that are not thermally heat safe may break with sudden temperature changes.
  • Do not heat unopened food containers; a build up of pressure may cause the container to burst.
  • During cooking, set the burner control so that the flame heats at the bottom of the pan and does not curl around the bottom edges of the pan. This could heat and/or melt the handles.
  • Use proper pan size – Always use utensils that have flat bottoms large enough to cover the burner.  The use of undersized utensils will expose a portion of the flame to direct contact and may result in ignition of clothing. Proper relationship of utensil to burner will also improve efficiency.
  • To minimize burns, ignition of flammable materials and accidental spill overs, position handles of utensils inward so they do not extend over adjacent work areas, cooking areas, or the outside edges of the cooktop.
  • Hold the handle of the pan to prevent movement of the utensil when stirring or turning food.
  • Grease is flammable. Do not use water on grease fires. Turn OFF the burner, then smother the fire with baking soda or use a dry chemical or foam-type fire extinguisher. Let hot grease cool before attempting to handle it.  Avoid letting grease deposits collect around the base of the cooktop burners. Clean after each use or boil over.
  • Use splatter screens over pans when frying foods to minimize possible grease burns. Be sure not to use a flame that is too high.
  • For proper lighting and performance of the cooktop burners, keep the burner ports clean. It may be necessary to clean these when there is a boil over or when the burner does not light, even though the electronic igniters click.
  • Clean the cooktop with caution. Avoid steam burns; do not use a wet sponge or cloth to clean the cooktop while it is hot. Some cleaners produce noxious fumes if applied to a hot surface. Follow directions provided by the cleaner manufacturer.
  • Be sure all the cooktop controls are turned off and the appliance is cool before using any type of aerosol cleaner on or around the appliance. The chemical that produces the spraying action could, in the presence of heat, ignite  or cause metal parts to corrode.
  • Clean the ventilator hood and filters above the cooktop frequently so grease from cooking vapor does not accumulate.
  • Turn the ventilator OFF in case of fire. The blower, if in operation, could unsafely spread the flames.
  • Do not obstruct the flow of combustion or ventilation air to the appliance. Be sure a fresh air supply is available.
  • For safety reasons and to avoid damage to the appliance never sit, stand, or lean on any part of the appliance.
  • Service should only be done by authorized technicians. Service technicians must disconnect the power supply before servicing this appliance.
  • California Proposition 65 – Warning: The burning of gas cooking fuel generates some by-products which are known by the State of California to cause cancer or reproductive harm. California law requires businesses to warn customers of potential exposure to such substances. To minimize exposure to these substances, always operate this unit according to the instructions contained in this booklet and provide good ventilation to the room when cooking with gas.
  • This appliance must be installed by an authorized person (Warning: this appliance must be installed by a licensed plumber or gas fitter when within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts).
  • A manual shut-off valve must be installed in an accessible location in the gas line external to the appliance for the purpose of turning on or  hutting off gas to the appliance. (In Massachusetts such shutoff devices should be approved by the Board of State Examiners of Plumbers &  Gas Fitters.)

 

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