Keeping Safe Around the Cooktop

Follow safety rules, directions when installing a cooktop.
cooktop in white kitchen

cooktop in white kitchen

Make sure there’s enough room above your cooktop.

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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