Electric Kettle Safety


People have been using a kettle over a wood fire for hundreds of years, and on top of stoves for almost as long. But in the last century, electric kettles have made heating water fast, easy, and safe.


  • The first electric kettle with the heat source immersed in the water was invented in 1922 by the Swan company, but the element in this kettle was inside a metal tube. In 1923 Arthur L. Large created the first kettle with the actual heating element immersed in the water, allowing the water to heat up extremely fast.

Cool Handle

  • One safety benefit of the electric kettle is that the handle stays cool, making it easier to hold onto with less risk of burning

Automatic Shutoff

  • Most electric kettles today have an automatic switch which turns the kettle off once the water boils.

Dry Backup

  • Another safety feature of today's electric kettles is a boil-dry mechanism which senses if the kettle is dry and automatically shuts off.

Thermal Fuse

  • Electric kettles also have a thermal fuse which stops the electrical current if it senses abnormally high heat.

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