Keeping Safe Around the Cooktop

Follow safety rules, directions when installing a cooktop.

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cooktop in white kitchen Make sure there’s enough room above your cooktop.

Many newer homes have either gas or electric cooktops instead of a traditional stove. They're convenient and reasonably simple to install. But just like traditional stoves, some safety rules must be followed when installing a cooktop.

  • Noncombustible materials should always surround the cooktop.
  • An 18-inch minimum clearance is required above the cooktop for safety reasons.
  • Follow manufacturer’s directions for installation. If you have problems hire a professional.


Cooktops are convenient, energy efficient and they look great, but just remember: When it comes to proper installation and safety, you have to cook by the book.

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