On/Off switch for electrical range


Old 10-23-19, 09:52 PM
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On/Off switch for electrical range

My mom has Alzheimer's and has just started turning on the stove and leaving it on. We do not want her burnt or the house either. Does anyone know how an off on switch can be put on a stove where she can't reach it. Or will we have to add a box to shut it off so she can't turn it on.
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Old 10-23-19, 10:00 PM
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Welcome to the forums.

There really is no easy install on and off switch.
It would need to be switch of substance and pretty ugly in a kitchen.

Have you considered removing the knobs ?
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Electrical range will be either 40A or 50A. It is possible to install a disconnect switch, but it will be huge.
It will be a gray box with big lever on the side or a breaker.

If you are handy with electrical, may be you can build a box with 50A contactor (relay) and have a regular switch or even a low voltage switch control that contractor.

Putting it on a timer may be a good idea too.
Or may be even put a heat sensor above the range and have contactor open when it detects high temperature.
Possibility is really endless once you put the range on a contactor.

If you don't want to spend much extra money and your loadcenter (breaker panel) is not too far from the kitchen, making a habit of turning on/off the breaker may work out too. Many breakers these days are switch rated and could be used like a switch.
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Yes that was our first thought. My dad did not like it.
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Since killing power to the stove does not seem to work for you perhaps just monitoring it will be OK.
Old 10-24-19, 11:00 AM
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If your mom lives alone you could unplug the range and turn off the circuit breaker for it. If she has someone else there 24/7 you could just turn off the circuit breaker when the range isn't being used.

I had a nursing home customer years ago that wanted to do something similar with a range so we installed a 50 amp 2-pole definite purpose contactor with 120 volt coil controlled by a lockable 120 volt wall switch. Problem solved.
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