To install an anti-tip bracket on a stove, the owner moves the stove from its location, attaches the bracket to the floor and then pushes the stove back in place, with the back leg secure in the bracket. Manufacturers, such as GE, supply these brackets to consumers at no cost.
Anti-tip brackets prevent stoves from becoming unbalanced and tipping. Opening the door and pulling out loaded oven racks causes the unbalanced condition. As of 2015, Underwriter's Laboratory requires the installation of the bracket as a part of the normal installation of gas and electric ranges.
Consumers have the option of visually inspecting some ranges for the brackets, but the tip test works with all stoves. Visual inspection requires removal of the bottom drawer from the stove and looking for the bracket around one of the feet. The tip test involves attempting to tip the range forward. If it stops tipping in less than 4 inches, the bracket is in place. Consumers should avoid tipping stoves more than 4 inches to prevent the possibility of an accident.
Once the bracket is in place, the consumer must ensure the stove leg catches under it each time he moves the stove. After cleaning under the stove, he should push it back until it slides under the bracket. Use one of the two test methods to ensure it catches.