Anti-tip Stove Brackets

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Freestanding Ranges Need

Anti-Tip Brackets!!

Anti-tip brackets are metal devices designed to prevent freestanding ranges from tipping. They are normally attached to a rear leg of the range or screwed into the wall behind the range, and are included in all installation kits. A unit that is not equipped with these devices may tip over if enough weight is applied to its open door. A falling range can cause sever damage to anyone caught beneath it.

Bracket Inspection:

It may be possible to see a wall-mounted bracket by looking over the rear of the range however floor-mounted brackets are often hidden, although in some models with removable drawers, such as 30″ electric ranges made by General Electric, the drawers can be removed and a flashlight can be used to search for the bracket.

You may can firmly grip the upper-rear section of the range and tip the unit. If equipped with an anti-tip bracket, the unit will not tip more than several inches before coming to a halt. It is usually easier to detect a bracket by tipping the range than through a visual search. This test can be performed on all models and it can confirm the functionality of a bracket.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there were 143 incidents caused by range tip-over’s from 1980 to 2006. Of the 33 incidents that resulted in death, most of those victims were children. A small child may stand on an open range door in order to see what is cooking on the stovetop and accidentally cause the entire unit to fall on top of him, along with whatever hot items may have been cooking on the stovetop. The elderly, too, may be injured while using the range for support while cleaning.

Small children are climbers!! They will pull out drawers to climb to the top of cabinets or furniture and will open the oven or dishwasher door to climb to the top of the kitchen cabinet. It happens in a heart beat so please pay attention to them when they are in the kitchen or bed rooms. If you notice they are being too quiet go find out why because it normally means the little buggers are up to something they shouldn’t be.

Pressure put on an open over door, as from a climbing child, may result in enough leverage for a stove to pitch forward.

 A small child was killed in an accident that was rare and preventable in Overland. The 2-year-old was crushed in his family’s kitchen when the stove tipped over on him. Safety experts say a simple bracket, required in some jurisdictions, would have saved him.

A 3 year old in Sedalia, Mo., died in December 2001 after she opened the stove door in her family’s kitchen while reaching for cookies on a countertop, according to court records. The blow to her chest left her dead two days later.

In 2009, a Modesto, Calif., toddler died two days before his second birthday when he climbed onto an oven door, according to news accounts. Investigators said he opened the oven to use the door as a step.

At least 34 people have been killed in similar accidents across the country since 1980, according to officials and news accounts.

In response to this danger, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and Underwriters Laboratories (UL) created standards in 1991 that require all ranges manufactured after that year to be capable of remaining stable while supporting 250 pounds of weight on their open doors. Manufacturers’ instructions, too, require that anti-tip brackets provided be installed. Despite these warnings, retailer Sears estimated in 1999 that a mere 5% of the gas and electric units they sold were ever equipped with anti-tip brackets. As a result of Sears’ failure to comply with safety regulations, they were sued and subsequently required to secure ranges in nearly 4 million homes, a measure that has been speculated to have cost Sears as much as $500 million.

Safety Tips:

1. Install anti-tip safety brackets on any new or existing stove.

2. Do not sit on or place heavy objects on open oven door.

3. Turn pot handles away from the front of stove to prevent hot food spilling.

4. Use back burners instead of front when feasible to protect children and pets

5. Never leave a hot stove top unattended.

In summary, ranges are susceptible to tipping if they are not equipped with anti-tip brackets.