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Machon Tzomet: "Do Not Cover Your Hot Plate with Aluminum Foil"
Thu, Apr 02 2020, 9:35 AM

In an experiment conducted Machon Tzomet, which deals with matters of Halacha and technology, it was discovered that covering a hot plate with foil increases the heat of the plate to more than 300 ° C and can cause a fire.


In an experiment carried out in Machon Tzomet's technology lab, which was attended by Prof. Moshe Levita of Tel Aviv University and Prof. Joseph Budenheimer, the former president of the Machon Lev College, they did the experiment on two hot plates. The first was covered with foil and the second was not covered, they then placed a towel on top of each.


Two hours later, the towel placed on the foil was completely burned all over, and if there had been even a slight breeze (from the window) it would have caused a fire. It should be emphasized that this experiment should not be performed at home.


See the full experiment here: https://bit.ly/3bMOzoK


"This is a real danger," says Rabbi Menachem Perl of Machon Tzomet, "for Pesach, many homes will cover their hot plates with foil, many use towels to cover pots, and a light touch of the towel to the hot plate is enough to burn an entire house." It should be mentioned here that Rabbi Menachem Perl served as Chief Rabbi of Fire and Rescue in Israel.


Machon Tzomet recommend that you purchase a new hot plate for Pesach. Anyone who, during the year, does not put chametz directly on the plate, but only inside a pot (or foil) can use the year-round plate if they warm the plate to the maximum heat, and on Pesach are careful to place the pots onto the hot plate and take extra care that the food won't touch it.



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