When we inspect homes, we find that 95 percent of the time freestanding ranges do not have anti-tipping devices. This is a hazard because if the over door is open and downward pressure is put on the door or a small child stands on the door, the range will fall and can crush, scald, or burn anyone caught beneath.
Anti-tip brackets are metal devices designed to prevent freestanding ranges from tipping. They are normally attached to a rear leg of the range or screwed into the wall behind the range, and are included in all installation kits.
To check you range, simply firmly grip the upper-rear section of the range and tip the unit. If equipped with an anti-tip bracket, the unit will not tip more than several inches before coming to a halt.
You can contact the dealer or builder who installed their range and request that they install a bracket. For clients who wish to install a bracket themselves, the part can be purchased at most hardware stores or ordered from a manufacturer. General Electric will send their customers an anti-tip bracket for free.