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Gas Stove Dangers Revealed and How to Combat Them


Gas stove dangers revealed

Both amateur and professional cooks alike love cooking with natural gas. These stoves provide cooking flexibility. But they also emit chemicals that are harming your health.

A new study published in Environmental Health Perspectives finds gas stoves give off unhealthy levels of noxious combustible by-products. After collecting data on homes in Southern California, researchers estimated the levels of carbon monoxide (CO), nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and formaldehyde the average home cook using a natural gas range is exposed to daily. These gas stove dangers should not go unnoticed.

Emissions of CO and formaldehyde were generally low. But emissions of NO2 surpassed the acceptable limits for outdoor air established by the Environmental Protection Agency. This means cooks are being exposed to an even greater concentration of these gas stove dangers, since indoor home cooking is done in an enclosed setting.
No public health organization sets limits for indoor air quality.

Natural Gas and Gas Stove Dangers

These odorless and colorless emissions can cause inflammation of the lungs. The breathing passages are narrowed which complicates existing lung conditions. The pollutants can exacerbate allergies. Also, regular exposure can lead to asthma and wheezing. Chronic cough along with bronchitis and respiratory infections may also result.

In 1996, The Lancet reported that the use of gas stoves was linked to impaired lung function. The study found this to be most common in young women. Moreover, women who used gas stoves experienced twice the amount of respiratory problems of women who used electric stoves.

Dr. Gopal Allada, pulmonologist at Oregon Health and Science University, tells KATU News that long-term exposure can worsen diseases like pneumonia and emphysema. The emissions can even aggravate heart disease, he adds.

Those who are chemically sensitive are especially vulnerable to the emissions of gas stove dangers. Natural gas can worsen chemical sensitivity. This can lead to intolerance and more adverse reactions to the gas itself. It can even cause intolerance to other chemicals in the environment. A study shows that when gas stoves were removed from the homes of people afflicted with this malady, their health and their family’s health improved.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

When you own a gas stove, the possibility for CO poisoning is always present. Tragically, this event claims the lives of 500 Americans each year. Initial symptoms include breathlessness and headache. Continued exposure can lead to extreme fatigue, dizziness and nausea. In addition, confusion and incoordination may arise. Prolonged exposure can cause fainting and death. Be sure you have a CO detector in the kitchen.

9 Ways To Minimize Your Risk of Gas Stove Dangers

1. Always turn on the fan when you cook. Keep it on the highest setting.

2. Cook on your back burners. Cooking directly under your range hood is ideal.

3. If your fan vents back into the house rather than to the outside, open a window.

4. Cook with a blue gas flame. If you see an orange flame, it means you need to have your stove adjusted.

5. Have a qualified contractor inspect your gas range. Keep it maintained.

6. For those renovating their homes, a conduction cooktop is an improvement. It uses magnetic energy. Thus, you will not have noxious combustion by-products. However, you will still have some pollution from heating food and cooking oil, as in all types of stoves.

7. Do not use your gas range to heat your home.

8. Do not line the inside of the oven with aluminum foil.

9. Make sure your gas appliance is design certified. Check that it’s installed to code.


Mary West is a natural health enthusiast, as she believes this area can profoundly enhance wellness. She is the creator of a natural healing website where she focuses on solutions to health problems that work without side effects. You can visit her site and learn more at Ms. West is also the author of Fight Cancer Through Powerful Natural Strategies.

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6 responses to “Gas Stove Dangers Revealed and How to Combat Them”

  1. Marilyn Patton says:

    does that include gas for heating the home? I’ve almost always used gas for cooking but now have an electric stove. Had it for almost 8 yrs. I was disappointed when I bought the home but was told I would like electric better. That worked out well when I had a gas leak and the gas was turned off.

  2. Robert Castillo says:

    A first, I need more research on this topic, corporate warfare is gruesome out there; what if the electric industry is trying to bring down the natural gas industry and paid dishonest researchers to produce a half fast report. Based on past investigations, we heard that eggs were bad for you, then eggs were the greatest for clogged arteries. Then coffee was bad, now it’s great. Consumers are grossly misinformed and manipulated by heartless corporative consortiums. I’ll take this report with a grain of salt until more evidence is present and offered by uninterested sources, my family and I have cooked with natural gas for over half a century and no bad symptom (none of those mentioned above) have ever been present.

    • sandile says:

      I am almost 40 we grow up using natural gas even now i started to use it again no prob at all, what are these researchers are talking about.

  3. Jules says:

    I have never liked gas stoves. There was always a smell with them. We moved into a home with a gas stove, so because of the smell and the need to virtually dismantle the cooktop for cleaning every day, we changed it for an electric convection oven with a glass cook top. No more smells or hard work! If I could afford it, I would swap out the gas central heating and the gas water heater as well. Fortunately, they are in the garage, where there is continous circulation with the outside air.

  4. Great piece of information guys. Many are ignorant of these.

  5. Great piece of information guys, many are ignorant of these facts untill something happens