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Placing pans that are not oven-safe into an oven can result not only in damage to the pans but to the oven. Even more importantly, exposing pans to high temperatures when they are not approved for such use is a fire hazard. For these reasons, it is essential to check your pans to see if they are oven-safe before using them.

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Look at the bottom of the pan for a mark noting the pan is oven-safe.

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Check the pan for any plastic, such as in the handle, that could melt when placed in an oven.

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Identify the material the pan is made of. Glass, ceramic, aluminum, cast iron and stainless steel are all oven-safe materials. Enamel is oven safe but should not be heated beyond 350 degrees.

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Check for a non-stick surface, such as a Teflon coating. These coatings can melt at high temperatures and a pan with this treatment should never be used in an oven.

Tip

Although the materials listed above are oven-safe, some should not be heated above a certain temperature, usually 500 degrees. Check with the manufacturer of your pans to verify the highest safe temperature.

Warning

Never place a glass lid in an oven, even if it accompanies an oven-safe pan.

About the Author

Gail Logan

Gail Logan is a magazine editor and freelance writer based in Atlanta, AL. She received her B.A. in Journalism from Patrick Henry College. For the past four years, she has written home design, travel and food features for national magazines, including "Coastal Living," "Texas Home and Living," "Log Home Design," and "Country's Best Log Homes." When not writing, she mentors inner-city children.