Kitchen Safety

Use these tips to make the heart of your home a healthy haven.

By Leah Zerbe


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Some cooks claim nothing beats making a meal on a natural gas stovetop. That may be true, but cooking with natural gas can also release high levels of nitrogen dioxide into your home—some studies have shown the kitchen is the place where humans are most often exposed to this type of pollution. If you’re in the market for a gas stove, look for a model equipped with pilotless ignition—no need to have a pilot light constantly burning.

It’s also important that your stove have an exhaust fan that ventilates to the outside. If the tip of the flame is yellow instead of blue, your stove needs adjusting by your gas company. And if you haven’t already done so, ask the company that installed your stove to check the kitchen air supply, to make sure pollutants aren’t being drawn back into your house. If you don’t hire a certified technician to install your fan, at least consult with one to make sure your air supply is OK.