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Electric Stove Familiarization

Getting used to your Electric Stove and Oven

This section helps you become familiar with electric stoves and ovens. You will find techniques here for safe handling, exploring the components, and labelling controls. For information on cooking with an electric stove or oven, see Kitchen Fire Safety Precautions.

If you have no experience using a stove or if you are a skilled cook and have recently experienced vision loss, ask for assistance from a Daily Living Skills instructor who is trained in teaching and safety techniques.

Getting to know your electric stove


Cooks with impaired vision need to know how to detect and avoid heat sources. Always feel around the perimeter of the stovetop—never on the top. This avoids leaning over a hot stove to check food or adjust burner controls.

Never wear loose-fitting sleeves when cooking on a stove.

Exploring the stovetop

Owner’s manual


Marking stovetop controls

It may not be necessary to mark the controls on your stove. Some cooks find the right temperature by remembering how much to turn the dials. Because dial positions vary from model to model, it’s important to learn the positions on your own stove. The burners on one stove might reach a medium temperature when the dial is turned to the “3 o’clock” position. The oven temperature may reach 300°F when the dial is at “2 o’clock” and 450°F at “5 o’clock.”

If you do require markings, ask for help from a sighted assistant. Here are some techniques:

Getting to know your oven


The following techniques assume that the oven is part of your electric stove. Start with a cold oven. Access it the same way as you would a hot stove. Remember to avoid wearing loose-fitting long sleeves.

Exploring the oven

Owner’s manual

Labelling oven controls

One Step at a Time

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