We have a recently purchased kitchen stove in which we have discovered a characteristic that can be extremely dangerous. I suspect that this particular stove is not alone in having the described issue. Check your own for this problem when you finish reading.
Our stove looks like this:
There are four knobs along the apron, one for each burner, Each knob handles like a switch with operating positions arranged as OFF - IGNITE - HIGH - MED - LOW. You light a selected burner by pressing its knob in towards the center of the stove and then rotating the knob to its ignition position and then further on to select the flame height you want for your cooking. Unfortunately, we have discovered that this seemingly logical arrangement is very dangerous.
The hand pressure that is required to press a knob inward is very slight and the torque required to rotate a knob to any position is also very slight.
My wife was reaching over the stove for a pot on a rear burner when she accidentally bumped into a front burner knob which inadvertently moved inward and rotated slightly causing that front burner to ignite and deliver a high flame right underneath her outstretched arm.
My wife stands approximately 5'4". If she were my own height of 6'4", that scenario would probably not have occurred, but at her stature, the peril is very real. Fortunately, she jumped and escaped injury, but it was still a close call with possibilities that are too horrifying to be gone into in further detail.
To avoid that happening again, we bought knob covers that are sold for keeping babies from harm.
One goes over each knob like this:
... and when a knob is not in use, it looks like this:
The cover not only prevents a baby from accidentally activating a stove burner, it keeps a cook's hip from doing so as well.
It's a small inconvenience to open a cover first before turning a burner on, but it's a small price to pay against the possibility of self immolation.