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I have an idea that I think customers should consider implementing in their kitchens. I am reminded of it by a piece of hardware I ordered for a different purpose.
Many years ago I built a kitchen for anesthesiologist who worked at Harbourview burn center. He had seen so many burn victims come in who were injured as a result of a sauce pan or frying pan being accidentally pulled off a stove.
He had us develop a mechanism to support a stainless steel bar that spanned from counter to counter over the front of the burners. It looked similar to these attached pictures.
This somehow seems like a no brainer for kitchens. Particularly for smaller cooktops where all four burners are in use at once.
A rod like this would be easy to install into the counter and relatively easy to remove if the stove needed to be pulled out. It could be set at a height where it would not impact cleaning the front corner of the cooktop.
Does anybody see any reason to not advocate for this idea?
Well,,,,,,,,,,,, If someone lifted a big pot of boiling hot gumbo off, but bumped that thing, sending the contents down onto a little person, or even themselves, who do you think they would come after with a law suit?
Thats a good point Kieth.
Lifting the pot is a purposeful activity.
I do agree with you that the liability for this device would be tremendous. Probably the reason one year my insurance company only wanted to know if I produced step stools or ladders.
Possibly makes it easier for a kiddo to pull themselves up?
Regretably our daughter at about 7 years old had a small pan with a couple of cups boiling water dumped on her shoulder - after trip to the ER, fortunately all ended up OK, but from that experience I tremble to think of a pan of sauce, oil etc. For the reasons mentioned I think this rail presents a greater hazzard and clear & present liklihood than it prevents. Better to coach safe usage, turning handles inward, and so forth in my opinion.
I can't say I disagree with people who think a rail like this poses a hazard to lifting a heavy pot off the stove.
There is a certain logic to this that is hard to refute.
At the same time a bar like this would protect against things being accidentally dragged off the burners.
The person who brought this up to me was an anesthesiologist at a burn center. He was convinced that something like this was necessary at his house.
Perhaps he did not consider these other points of view.
While I fully respect the doctor's comments from his perspective being on the receiving end, I firmly believe the rail is a "trip" hazzard. Safety training is the answer in my humble opinion.