Your Gas Range
Keep the range and burners clean.
Make sure the range top is clear of debris that can catch fire. Wash burners with water and mild detergent. If the holes in the burners get clogged, open them with a paper clip or piece of wire.
Run burners safely.
The flame on your gas range should be crisp, quiet, and blue. A yellowish flame indicates the gas is burning inefficiently and an adjustment is needed by a service representative. When cooking, adjust the burner flame so it doesn't extend beyond the pot bottom. Too high a flame wastes energy and may be dangerous.
Check for gas odor before relighting pilots.
If your burners won't light, the pilot light may be out. Check to confirm that you do not have electronic ignition; then you can try to relight the pilot with a match. Turn all the burners off, and sniff for a strong gas odor. If there is no odor, you can apply a lit match to each pilot light. If the gas odor is strong and you think gas is leaking, leave the home immediately. Go to a neighbor's home and phone your local gas utility.
Keep your range clean and the burners adjusted for maximum efficiency. If pilot lights go out, relight them only if there is not a strong gas odor.
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