Marking a stove for easier use with low vision or blindness – CNIB

Marking a stove for easier use with low vision or blindness – CNIB


When marking appliances, the best rule of thumb is less is more. Unless the person that you’re assisting is requesting more of the buttons to be marked, then keep it simple. I essentially always mark medium (when you turn the dial to match to this mark), because it is always better to cook low and slow than cook on high and risk burning the item you are making. Then I always mark the visual panel in the middle, on bake with a bubble, large print label or Braille label and then the up and down arrows for temperature. The best way of marking the up and down arrows is to put one bubble on the up arrow, and that way they can easily slide their finger down to find the down arrow. To get the right temperature, every time it beeps, you are going up or down five degrees, so it makes it a little bit easier. I also always mark the stop/clear button because you always want to make sure your appliance is off when you are done, and if you have it clearly marked it is easy to locate. It is possible to mark, if you can still find the models that have all dials, but that is becoming less and less of the norm. It is possible to mark even the most complex of digital stoves, it just depends on which buttons you find are the most necessary. Flat tops are a whole different ballgame. They are accessible, but it takes a little more ingenuity to find a way to mark it safely for when you are centering a pot on an element than using the raised coils. Another new model of stove has the dials at the front. I like this feature better because it is a little bit safer. It avoids leaning over the stove to turn off the dials, which is a safety hazard. So rather than leaning over it is safer to go up the side and then come over then turn off the dials. These are just the essentials to making it safer to use your stove. I hope you have enjoyed these new methods of marking your stove and thank you very much.

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