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Safety Tips to Know When Handling a Kitchen Blowtorch

When you're planning to make s'mores sans a campfire or to caramelize the tops of crème brulée, you'll need a blowtorch. However, this gas-powered flame is a dangerous kitchen tool if you're not careful. Learn the most important blowtorch safety tips.

  1. Read the instructions: Learn how to safely turn the torch on and off before you attempt to use it for the first time. Often, kitchen flame torches will include safety-lock features, making them more complicated to ignite. In addition, the instructional booklet should contain other safe practices for handling the blowtorch.
  2. Work in a clean, clear area: Remove paper, food scraps, and kitchen towels from your work station. Before you begin blowtorching, the only thing nearby should be the item you plan to torch.
  3. Treat it like a loaded gun: Would you ever put your hand in front of a gun and pull the trigger? Probably not! Don't ever put your hands anywhere in front of the flame, because it goes without saying: you run the risk of severely burning yourself. Always ignite the flame away from your body, and keep a steady grip on the blowtorch so it does not accidentally fall on the ground.
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